a peak inside the bubble …

a great cartoon by tom tomorrow …
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gop benghazi by hip is everything

 

and in a related “story” (see: fable, lie, fantasy) …
McCain, Graham blame Obama for fall of Fallujah
By Russell Berman
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for reports that the Iraqi city of Fallujah had fallen to al Qaeda forces.
McCain and Graham had been vocal critics of President Obama’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, and they called the reports of al Qaeda gaining control in Fallujah and elsewhere “as tragic as they are predictable.”
“While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the Republicans said in a statement. “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests.”
“Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever,” McCain and Graham said. “What’s sadder still, the thousands of brave Americans who fought, shed their blood, and lost their friends to bring peace to Fallujah and Iraq are now left to wonder whether these sacrifices were in vain.”
read entire article here …
pop the gop bubble by hip is everything

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one small step … but, at least it’s in the right direction for a change

a great piece by juan cole, laying out the scenario behind the “u.s. / western powers / iran” deal that seems to be on the table …
reposted from jauncole.com …
US-Iran War Averted by Agreement to Negotiate on Nuclear Enrichment
Posted on 11/24/2013 by Juan Cole
The decade-long Neoconservative plot to take the United States to war against Iran appears to have been foiled.
In response for a loosening of sanctions, worth some $7 billion to Iran, President Hasan Rouhani undertook to freeze enrichment activities at their present level. He also pledged to cast Iran’s stockpile of uranium enriched to 19.75% for the production of medical isotopes in a form that makes it impossible to further enrich it. Nor will Iran produce more 19.5% low enriched uranium. (Uranium enriched to 95% is suitable for a bomb, and the Western diplomats figure that 19.75% is closer to 95% than is the stock of uranium enriched to 3.5% to serve as fuel for the three nuclear power plants at Bushehr. Iran also agreed to do no further work on its proposed heavy-water reactor at Arak. (Heavy-water reactors produce plutonium, with which bombs can easily be constructed).
Iran’s nuclear facilities have been being inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the inspectors have repeatedly certified that no uranium has been diverted to weapons purposes. This agreement will increase the frequency of the inspections and widen their scope somewhat.
The agreement did not recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium, but Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the right was implicit in the agreement (which does not forbid enrichment to 3.5% for reactor fuel) and in the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
In a press conference on Sunday morning, Iranian president Hasan Rouhani reaffirmed that he understands the agreement to recognize Iran’s right to enrich. But he strongly reaffirmed that Iran does not want and never will want to build an atomic bomb (nuclear weapons are forbidden in Shiite law according to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s fatwas, but it has been hard to get suspicious Westerners to take these theocratic pronouncements seriously).
The agreement is actually an agreement to negotiate, and the hard bargaining is yet to come. The terms agreed upon are more confidence-building measures than anything else.
In 2003, the Neocon chickenhawks, most of whom had never worn a uniform or had a parent who did, joked that “everyone wants to go to Baghdad; real men want to go to Tehran.” When people have to talk about being “real men,” it is a pretty good sign that they are 98-pound weaklings.
The “everyone” who wanted to go to Baghdad was actually just the Neocons and their fellow travelers. Most of the latter were hoodwinked by the Neocon/Cheney misinformation campaign blaming Saddam Hussein of Iraq for 9/11. A majority of Democratic representatives in the lower house of Congress voted against the idea of going to war. The Iraq War, trumped up on false pretenses and mainly to protect the militant right wing in Israel from having a credible military rival in the region and to put Iraqi petroleum on the market to weaken Saudi Arabia, cost the United States nearly 5000 troops, hundreds more Veterans working as contractors, and probably $3 or $4 trillion– money we do not have since our economy has collapsed and hasn’t recovered except for wealthy stockholders. Perhaps George W. Bush could paint for us some dollars so that we can remember what they used to look like when we had them in our pockets instead of his billionaire friends (many of them war profiteers) having them in theirs.
Binyamin Netanyahu was a cheerleader for the Iraq War. He is now deeply wounded that the US is making peace with Iran. He seems to see the US as his personal doberman pinscher, which he is used to siccing on his rivals in the region whenever they complain about his aggressive land thefts.
The irony is that in early 2003, the reformist Iranian government of then-President Mohammad Khatami had sent over to the US a wide-ranging proposal for peace. After all, Baathist Iraq was Iran’s deadliest enemy. It had invaded Iran in 1980 and fought an 8-year aggressive war in hopes of taking Iranian territory and stealing its oil resources. Now the US was about to overthrow Iran’s nemesis. Wouldn’t it make sense for Washington and Tehran to ally? Khatami put everything on the table, even an end to hostilities with Israel.
The Neoconservatives threw the Iranian proposal in the trash heap and mobilized to make sure there was no rapprochement with Iran. David Frum, Bush’s speech-writer, consulted with eminence grise Richard Perle (then on a Pentagon oversight board) and Irv Lewis “Scooter” Libby (vice presidential felon Richard Bruce Cheney’s chief of staff), and they had already inserted into Bush’s 2002 State of the Union speech the phrase the “axis of evil,” grouping Iran with Iraq and North Korea. Iran had had sympathy demonstrations for the US after 9/11, and, being a Shiite power, feared and hated al-Qaeda (Sunni extremists) as much as Washington did. But the Neoconservatives did not want a US-Iran alliance against al-Qaeda or against Saddam Hussein. Being diplomatic serial killers, they saw Iran rather as their next victim.
All through the Cheney-Bush administration, repeated leaks from the Pentagon to Sy Hersh and other investigative journalists warned that machinations were afoot to draw the US into a war against Iran, as an outgrowth of the illegal and aggressive attack on and occupation of Iraq. The Neocons plotted against the lives of our children until their last day in office, in January of 2009.
read entire article here

someone please put this man out to pasture

d-bag alert by hip is everything

mccain from rolling stone magazineso, john mccain, the grumpiest, most bitter man alive, and his little buddy lindsey “lapdog” graham are now telling anyone who will listen that the benghazi incident is the biggest failure in american policy decisions since watergate, and that there should be a “watergate style” investigation into the matters …
really john? …
have you forgotten the lies you and your cronies told to drag america into illegal and immoral wars in afghanistan and iraq? …
how about the complete and utter recklessness, greed  and incompetence you and your buddies in the bush administration displayed in taking the economy into the worst nosedive since the great depression ? … oh yeah, i forgot …
the “economy was fundamentally sound” wasn’t it johnny? …
or how about the complete failure by the bush administration to heed the warnings of an attack on the united states prior to 911? …
then there was that whole “weapons of mass destruction” thing john …
and let’s not forget the complete incompetence you and your crew showed by naming a completely unqualified imbecile to be your vice presidential candidate …
have you forgotten “the alaskan barbie fiasco” already john? …
and i won’t even get into the whole “keating five” scandal here …
now you’re calling the president of the united states a liar, and saying that the ambassador to the united nations, susan rice, isn’t “very bright” …
really? …
are you fucking serious john, or is this just more of your jealousy of those who are smarter than you rearing it’s ugly head again? …
let’s just check off a couple of facts for you, you pathetic, war-mongering, tiny excuse for a man …
susan rice:
Rice attended Stanford University, where she received a Truman Scholarship, and graduated with a B.A. in history in 1986. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Rice attended New College, Oxford, where she earned a M.Phil. in 1988 and D.Phil. in 1990. The Chatham House-British International Studies Association honored her dissertation titled "Commonwealth Initiative in Zimbabwe, 1979-1980: Implication for International Peacekeeping" as the UK’s most distinguished in international relations.
Rice was a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential election. She was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm, in the early 1990s.
Rice was a three-sport athlete, student council president, and valedictorian at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.
Rice serves on the boards of several organizations, including the National Democratic Institute, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, board of directors of the Atlantic Council,advisory board of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the board of directors of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Bloomberg BNA). board of directors of Partnership for Public Service, the Beauvoir National Cathedral Elementary School, and past member of the Internews Network’s board of directors. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
and you john, were 894th out of a class of 899 at the naval academy …
and one of the worst pilots in your class …
plus you chose sarah palin to be your running mate in 2008 …
and you’re saying ms. rice is “not very bright” and “unqualified” …
oh the irony of it all john …
to even hear you utter the words “unqualified” and “not very bright” only goes to prove, yet again what an incompetent, bitter little man you truly are …
give this man the hook, he needs to be escorted off the stage …

McCain: Susan Rice "not qualified" to be Secretary of State after Benghazi

(CBS News) U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has been floated this week as a possible replacement for Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, McCain has vowed to try to block her nomination based on her statements following the consulate attack. Wednesday on "CBS This Morning," McCain sharply criticized Rice and Obama for their handling of the Benghazi attack.
McCain reiterated that he is primarily concerned with the "loss of four American lives in Benghazi" on September 11 and "the president not telling the truth about what happened there and what he knew and when he knew it." McCain is pushing for a select committee to investigate the administration’s handling of the attack in Libya, to "get to the bottom of this, because the American people deserve the truth."
He defended his pledge to block Susan Rice’s confirmation if President Obama nominates her as the next Secretary of State, insisting that "she’s not qualified" and criticizing her for asserting the attack was spontaneous in media appearances following the attack.
While McCain was open to the possibility that a select investigative committee could clear of Rice of "misleading the American people," and allowed that the president and Secretary of State Clinton held responsibility in the matter as well, he continued his sharply worded attack.
Referring to Rice, he said she was at a minimum, guilty of "not being very bright, because it was obvious that this was not a ‘flash mob’ and there was additional information by the time she went on every news show…in America."
Turning to the turmoil surrounding now-retired CIA director David Petraeus, McCain said, "He’s a soldier, he’s a man who understands the responsibilities of office…he is the finest combination of intellect and leadership in American military that I have ever known."
(he just doesn’t have the common sense to keep his fly zipped up, right john?)
- mccain pic from rolling stone magazine …

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rudy “911, fear, lie, terror, 911” giuliani slithers out from under his rock again

america’s “fear mongerer in chief ”rudy “911, verb, adjective, 911” giuliani is at it again with his usual bloviating, lying and all around creepiness …
the most desperate and hateful elf in the land is out on the trail for america’s grifter in chief, mittens the wonderbot, and bringing his all too familiar lies and fear to the gop faithful …
i guess now that his “15 minutes” and his political career is truly long gone and finished, rudy feels the need to get some attention …
but, does this slimy pile of crap have to do it in front of the rest of us? …
he’s like that creepy uncle who’s always playing with himself in public …
yeah, ya’ pay attention because a) yer’ related, and b) ya’ need to keep an eye on the truly creepy for the sake of everyone else, but jesus, why can’t he just do this shit at home, alone, in front of a mirror or something? …
every time this guy opens his greasy little pie-hole out pours more fear, hate, bigotry and factually devoid verbal spewage and i, for one, am completely sick of it …
and judging by the numbers the last couple of times he has attempted to run for anything prove, so is everyone else …
let’s be honest folks, he wasn’t much of a mayor before 911 and he sure as fuck wasn’t much of a mayor since that event …
all he has done since 911 is to milk a national tragedy for personal profit and gain at every opportunity …
more than a decade after that fateful and life changing day and still, every fourth word out of this douchebag’s mouth is either “terrorist” or “911” …
and now he’s blaming president obama for the deaths of four americans at benghazi …
really?!? …
pardon fucking me rudy?!? …
this coming from the same guy, who, if we use his standards, had over 3000 people die under his watch on that horrible day in new york …
and who has since turned those deaths into a career …
and he wants this president to resign over the tragedy at benghazi?? …
i don’t recall him calling for the resignation of the shrub, or lil’ dick, or rumsfeld, et al after 911 …
i don’t recall him even bringing up the fact that his war mongering, neocon, traitorous, war criminal buddies had even done anything wrong …
in fact, i clearly remember him calling out ANYONE who even questioned the illegal and immoral ways of his fellow neocons and chicken-hawks by labelling them as “traitors” and “unpatriotic” and now we get this shit? …
rudy, you need to slither back under that greasy bog-rock you live under and stfu once and for all …
i’m going to stop now, before i get rude …
plus, i feel like i suddenly need a shower …
 

Former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate called on President Obama to resign over the nation’s 7.9 percent unemployment rate and argued that Mitt Romney’s experience in running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics could have prevented the deaths of four Americans in Libya. Giuliani made the comments during a rally for Romney and Paul Ryan in Ohio on Friday.
“Our growth is at 1.2 percent. He should resign! He told us he would resign if he did poorly,” Giuliani shouted to the crowd, referring to a 2009 interview during which Obama promised to turn the economy around. He claimed that Obama is covering up the truth in the Libya incident and that his actions or policies have killed Americans who might otherwise still be alive:
GIULIANI: If [Romney] can have the same success for us that he had in running the Olympics, maybe something like what happened in Libya could have been avoided! Maybe if we had a president who was paying attention, we wouldn’t be going through all of this investigation of what’s being covered up about Libya!… You know of what happened in Libya is the result of at least of incompetence. You think if we had elected John McCain president of the United States, those people wouldn’t have had the full resources of the United States of America there in Benghazi trying to save them!? Well, we’ve got to change to right that wrong. We’ve got to elect a Commander in Chief who will not leave Americans behind! …
Millions of Americans have paid the price of being unemployed. I believe some Americans who might not have had to have died, may have died because we had incompetence in the White House.
from think progress                    read more here …

hip is everything salute
“fuck you rudy!”
”now, get back under yer’ rock”

mittens gets his neocon on

mittens and the war pimpin’ pussies … part two … 

romney lord of war by hip is everythingIn a speech on Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Romney will declare that “hope is not a strategy” for dealing with the rise of Islamist governments in the Middle East or an Iran racing toward the capability to build a nuclear weapon, according to excerpts released by his campaign.
The essence of Mr. Romney’s argument is that he would take the United States back to an earlier era, one that would result,
as his young foreign policy director, Alex Wong, told reporters on Sunday, in “the restoration of a strategy that served us well for 70 years.”
But beyond his critique of Mr. Obama as failing to project American strength abroad, Mr. Romney has yet to fill in many of the details of how he would conduct policy toward the rest of the world, or to resolve deep ideological rifts within the Republican Party and his own foreign policy team. It is a disparate and politely fractious team of advisers that includes warring tribes of neoconservatives, traditional strong-defense conservatives and a band of self-described “realists” who believe there are limits to the degree the United States can impose its will.
Each group is vying to shape Mr. Romney’s views, usually through policy papers that many of the advisers wonder if he is reading. Indeed, in a campaign that has been so intensely focused on economic issues, some of these advisers, in interviews over the past two weeks in which most insisted on anonymity, say they have engaged with him so little on issues of national security that they are uncertain what camp he would fall into, and are uncertain themselves about how he would govern.
“Would he take the lead in bombing Iran if the mullahs were getting too close to a bomb, or just back up the Israelis?” one of his senior advisers asked last week. “Would he push for peace with the Palestinians, or just live with the status quo? He’s left himself a lot of wiggle room.”

read more here                                             from the NYTimes

 

"…the restoration of a strategy that served us well for 70 years.”

okay, since the end of WWII, the usa has been involved in the following major conflicts:

the 3-year korean war "police action" (1950-1953) that is still not technically over …
the 20-year vietnam war (1955-1975) where us participation was originally initiated with eisenhower sending "advisors" in 1955 … 
participation in the 9-year afghan-soviet war (1979-1989) limited to carter initiating a steady supply of arms to the afghans and continued by reagan (actually his vp bush) that resulted in the formation of al qaeda by osama bin laden …
the persian gulf war/desert storm (1990-1991) under george h. w. bush … 
the bosnian war (1993-1995) under clinton …
the so-called war on terror (2001-the present, yup, 12 years and counting) initiated by george w. bush and his neocon/pnac buddies, in starting in afghanistan and iraq before spreading across several areas in the middle east and africa, and already having cost america thousands of lives and enormous financial treasure …
and i might also add, was a major contributor to the collapse of the american economy …

and, mitt wants to go back to a strategy that has cost how many lives, how much money, and how much misery and hardship back home? …
seriously mitt? …
this isn’t about keeping america safe …
this is about winning favor with the neocon bullies, the pnac pussies and the military industrial complex …
what the matter mitt? …
haliburton and their friends over at brown & root haven’t made enough profits off of the lives of young americans yet? …
lil’ dick cheney, mr. rumsfeld and their chicken hawk friends haven’t done enough damage? …
or, are you just so clueless, lacking in ideas, and desperate to “get the job” that you will join them in another round of madness? …
and what will the cost to america be this time? …
complete bankruptcy? …
thousands more lives? …
an all out war with islam? …

 

related:
mittens and the war pimpin’ pussies

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yeah, we wouldn’t want any more 47% debacles before the election eh? …

romney, believe in america … just, for god’s sake, don’t tell ‘em what we’re up to …

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d-bag of the week … “gishing for dollars”

d-bag of the week by hip is everything

lewd gord, what a week …
there has been so many d-bag moments and antics to choose from for the “d-bag of the week” that i feel like a five year on red bull who’s just come down the stairs on christmas morning to find that santa has literally exploded in my front room, spewing the whole neighbourhood’s gifts …
and “they’re mine, all mine!” …

i know, lately it seems that there is no a shortage of contenders, dead-enders, pretenders and offenders …
and it seems that every week is another week so full of scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, windbag broadcasters, pointless, prevaricating pontificators, and d-bag extraordinaire performances from around the world that i can just toss a dart at a board and BINGO!, ‘we have a winner!”

but, this week was even better than most …
exceeding the nauseating norm it seems …
with more douche bag dancing, mendacious manoeuvring, sleaze-ball slithering and out and out treasonous and treacherous tantrums than you could shake a large pointed stick at …
especially by the “1% is the only peeps that count” gang and their egocentric, self-centered, self entitled and greed driven proponents …

it was a categorically and conclusively colourful and copious cornucopia of craven cretinism, doused with dollops of devious douchebaggery and an astronomically abundant allotment of ass-hattery to choose from to say the least …

we had the gop/romney/fehrnstrom gang and their antics in florida and several other swing states proving that there really is voter fraud … and they’re the ones committing it …
toad “the wet fuckit” akin leaping back into the slime light with his latest video, where he states, on the floor of the house no less, that abortion doctors are “terrorists who are performing abortions on women who aren’t even pregnant” … wtf? … someone break out the grade seven biology texts please …
paul “ayn” ryan, with his newest video release, where he writes off most americans as “takers, not makers” and claims that only 70% of americans want the “american dream” and the rest just want to lay around on the government dole …
the ”joseph mccarthy paranoid asshat of the year award winner” allen west (R-FL) reportedly asking his wife to be his "porn star" in a hand-written letter from iraq in 2003, detailing "non-negotiable" sex acts she was to perform on his return and ordering her to wear only two-piece bathing suits …
mittens, channelling clint “the chair whisperer” eastwood and getting his neocon on while letting rip with another one of his “i have no fucking clue what i’m talking about, but here goes anyways” spiels, in which he said that if he’s president he will press for an indictment of iranian president mahmoud awkmydinnerjacket on charges of inciting genocide
yeah, that should help the negotiations …
mitt, you moron … just stfu! for a change …
let the adults handle the “adult things” …
why don’t you just get on that dancing pony you rode in on and hit the trail …
paul “lyin’” ryan claiming in an interview on "fix noise sunday" that the plan would drop taxpayers’ bills by 20 percent without costing a dime, due to closed tax loopholes, then when pressed to “explain the math” by one time news man and full time faux noise mouth piece chris wallace, bailing out of his bullshit boat by stating that “It would take me too long to go through all of the math”
rush limpballs going on another of his vile and bile spewage fests, dredged from deep within the desperate, dank chasm of that hate filled racist shithole he calls his heart, railing and bloviating about how obama just skated his “affirmative action ass” all the way to the whitehouse and calling him an “angry black man with a chip on his shoulder” while trying to resell a video on youtube from 2007 that the sludge report and faux noise is touting as “breaking news” and evidence that obama is anti-american to their low information, bigoted, ditto-head followers …
and in one of the strangest, and certainly most desperate and blatantly insincere moves in the 2012 run for the whitehouse, the romney/ryan gang sending out a flyer in northern virginia pledging to fight lyme disease, which they describe as a “massive epidemic threatening virginia” in a carl rove like whip up the fear and “vote for us – we’re the only guys that can save your sorry asses” campaign …

yup, quite a fucking frantic and frenzied festival of fallacy, lunacy, idiocy and mendacity indeed …
a real douchebagapalooza from the right …

so, just who took their act to the lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy? …
who was the king or queen of douchebaggery in the last seven days? …
in a week that was full of some of the slimiest, sleaziest, slithering, scuzzball serpents the world of partisan politics, religion and big business has to offer …

without further ado …

ladies and gentlemen …

the envelope please …

our latest winner …
of the sometimes coveted, always deserved …

golden d-bag award

and this weeks award goes to …
drum roll please …

the malevolent master of mendacity and misdirection …
that ranting, roiling and railing raconteur reprobate from the “regal right” …
an imperious, instigator of indifference, intolerance, ignorance and insensitivity …
lower than a ball-sack in a sauna …
and more conniving and condescending than newt gingrich at cpac …
he makes detestable, despicable and delusional seem like a higher calling …
that disgustingly dastardly darling of the defiantly disreputable …
a craven, contemptuous, condescending, cuckolded cockhead of conservatism …


a true bastion and bulwark o’ brazen bullshit and bluster …

mr roboto himself …

mitt “mendacity be my moniker” romney …

for his starring roles in  “the masterdebater” and “the lyin’ king” …

romney debate tactic by bagley @ salt lake tribune

The Romney Strategy – Gishing Your Way To The White House

The Gish Gallop, named after creationist Duane Gish, is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. The term was coined by Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education.

The formal debating jargon term for this is spreading. You can hear some mindboggling examples here. It arose as a way to throw as much rubbish into five minutes as possible. In response, some debate judges now limit number of arguments as well as time. However, in places where debating judges aren’t there to call bullshit on the practice, like the internet, such techniques are remarkably common.

The gallop is often used as an indirect argument from authority, as it appears to paint the "galloper" as an expert in a broad range of subjects and the opponent as an incompetent bumbler who didn’t do their homework before the debate. Such emphasis on style over substance is the reason many scientists disdain public debates as a forum for disseminating opinions.

It is often successfully combined with the "point refuted a thousand times" (PRATT). The gallop must consist of as many points as possible, and even old and worn out arguments are useful in overwhelming the respondent and bamboozling the audience. The technique also takes advantage of the one single proof fallacy, since if a respondent only manages to refute 99 out of 100 points there is still one point that proves the galloper correct. The galloper takes to heart Joseph Stalin’s advice that "quantity has a quality all its own."
from wikipedia

then, there was romney blatantly cheating at the debate …
caught on tape …

"No props, notes, charts, diagrams or other writings can be used by the candidates; however, they can take notes on the type of paper of their choosing.”  – from the debate rules, agreed to by both candidates before the debate …

and finally, maybe mitt’s most desperate, ridiculous and blatant lie of the week …
truly sealing the deal for this week’s award …
proving once and for all that mitt firmly believes that the american people are just plain gullible and stupid …

let the etch-a-sketching” commence …

double-down-double-back from democratic underground

 

mitt “mendacity be my moniker” romney …

 

this week’s  golden d-bag award  winner

 

this week, i thought we’d end with a little something to lighten the mood a bit …
i’ll leave you with a joke that is making the rounds on the old interwebz this week:

Snow White, Superman and Pinocchio are walking along.
They see a sign: "Contest for World’s Most Beautiful Woman." Snow White goes in, later comes out smiling, wearing a crown.
They walk along and see another sign: "Contest for World’s Strongest Man." Superman goes in, later comes out smiling, wearing the belt.
They walk along and see a sign: "Contest for World’s Greatest Liar." Pinocchio goes in, later comes out with his head down crying.
"Who the hell is Mitt Romney?" Pinocchio sobs.

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mitt gets his eastwood on

portrait of an idiot

Speaking to press onboard his campaign plane, the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, says that he would press for an indictment of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on charges of inciting genocide. Romney spoke to the press moments after a phone conversation with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, where the two discussed Iran’s nuclear capabilities

if i was the democrats, i’d jump on this like a meth head on a trampoline …
the whole world is trying to come to some sort of an agreement with awkmadinnerjacket and the iranians about their nuclear program, it’s about as sensitive and important a negotiation as the world has ever seen, and this desperate, wannabe, uninformed bozo, in his latest attempt to sound important, let’s rip with another one of his “i have no fucking clue what i’m talking about, but here goes anyways” spiels …
not a moment’s thought or respect for the fact that actual important, informed and relevant people are hunkered down in serious negotiation and dialogue on the situation …
and that every word and every nuance MUST be thought out to ensure that the tenuous and critical balance between ALL the parties involved is NOT upset in any way …

what a typical republican/neocon war monger response …
just throw out some inflammatory “sound bite”, sound threatening, and hope for the best …
thump on your chest and swagger around like it’s you that will make the threats come to life …
like you’re the guy who’s actually going to go over there and teach that freakin’ mahmoud a lesson …
and if the whole thing goes south (see: iraq, afghanistan, libya, etc.), then screw it,  just send some more of your kids to their death in some ill-conceived (but profitable) war, and bomb the shit out of whoever gets in your way in your march to spread “freedom” and “democracy” around the world …
who cares if thousands of your kids, and many thousands of innocent civilians get killed? …
who cares if the country goes broke financing another criminal and asinine endeavour? …
and who gives a shit if americans have to go without health care, education, infrastructure, their financial security and food, air, water and workplace safety if it means mitt and his neocon buddies can sound tough?

just score a couple of quick political points with the “war is our economy” crowd and the low information, faux noise fuelled idiots you call your base, and move on to the next photo-op …
just like you did with the libyan debacle mitt …
you can always find some bizarre and factually deprived reason to blame it on obama when it all blows up in everyone’s faces, right mitt? …

i think it’s time we took his wife’s word for it …
this guy isn’t mentally fit to be president …
and now, again, he and his actions and words are nothing short of dangerous …
there is NO WAY america can afford to have this man, and the zealots and war mongers he is sure to put in positions of power, be anywhere near the levers of power …
it’s way past time for this whole charade to stop …
america is better than that …
it must be better than that for the sake of america …
and it must be better than that for the sake of the world …
 

and here’s the rambling, barely coherent, word salad offering from mitt in it’s entirety …

note on video:
well, i’ll give mitt this, he knows how to not answer a question …
every time i hear this asshole’s utterances, i flash back to alaskan barbie and her word salad answers …
the rambling, no punctuation allowed, breathless non-sequiturs and endless, pointless rants of an idiot …

why does EVERY answer he gives sound just like that drunk guy at the bar who is trying to sound like he knows what the fuck he’s talking about, and drones on and on aimlessly, yet gets to the end and you’re still wondering wtf he he meant? …
how very sarah indeed …
i’m only surprised he didn’t drop a couple of “patriotic patriots” or “founding fathers” in there …
maybe even a “freedom lovin’ american wantin’ to take our country back” or two …
or how about a few “911” references mittens? …
always works for sister sarah …
it’s like michele bachmann is writing this guy’s scripts …
or liz cheney …

retroactive sympathy, and more bluster and lies

doubleonly one day after criticizing president obama in the hours following the announcement of the deaths of four u.s. diplomats, republican presidential wannabe dim-mitt wrongney did what he always does and reversed his positions …
now he’s pretending to soften his tone, and is supposedly focused on grieving …
"I know that we’ve had heavy hearts across America today, and I want you to know things are going to get a lot better. But I also recognize that we’re in mourning. We’ve lost four of our diplomats across the world. We’re thinking about their families and those that they’ve left behind," romney said, at the beginning of a fairly small rally of supporters in virginia …
as he continued to lament the loss of ambassador j. christopher stevens, and the three other embassy workers killed in benghazi, a heckler distracted him
"What a tragedy, to lose such a wonderful, wonderful, uh," romney said, as the heckler began to yell, "Why are you politicizing Libya?"
romney continued, "wonderful people that have been so wonderful."
"And so I would offer a moment of silence but one gentleman doesn’t want to be silent so we’re going to keep on going,"
romney said ...

he then jumped back on his usual bandwagon and criticized obama’s foreign policy, making it an issue of leadership. “I intend to lead an America that is strong, that helps lead the world. As we watch the world today sometimes it seems that we’re at the mercy of events instead of shaping events, and a strong America is essential to shape events." 
"Ever since FDR we’ve had the capacity to be engaged in two conflicts at once, and he said no we’re going to cut that back to only one conflict," Romney said. "And so he’s put in place, cancelled almost a trillion dollars with his budget cuts and the sequestration cuts, you’ll have almost a trillion dollars of cuts to our military. If I’m president of the United States we will restore our military commitment and keep America the strongest military in the world."

“wonderful, wonderful, wonderful people that have been so wonderful”
huh? …
wtf does that even mean? …
more word salad from mittens …
i’m seriously starting to think that this guy has sarah palin writing his scripts …
and notice he used the first excuse he could to omit the moment of silence too …
i’m positive that he probably had no intention of holding one, he just used it as an excuse to make it seem that the one guy in his audience who did seem to care enough about the lives lost to speak up was going to yell his way through the silent moment and was therefore the real reason he and his idiot followers couldn’t have a moment of silence …
typical lie fuelled logic this guy always espouses …

and doesn’t he realize that he’s too late for his fake magical sympathy tour? …
i mean, after yesterday’s arrogance, tone-deaf behaviour and bullshit filled tour de force, no-one except the truly die-hard obama haters and some hard-core, low information tea-baggers and limbaugh ditto-heads are going to buy into his latest reversal  …
does he really think that by pretending to fake some actual human emotions the disaster that was his day yesterday will just disappear? …
does he really believe that americans are that stupid and forgetful? …
or is he just that deluded himself? …
or maybe just that arrogant and self-entitled? …

and, as for the comments that america will only have the capacity to fight one war at a time, wtf is that all really about? …
first off, it’s bullshit, plain and simple …
america is already involved in 5 or 6 conflicts at present, and is going broke doing it …
if this poser really had ANY concern for the deficit he so often rails on about, he’d realize that this crap just kills his whole “deficit” argument …
secondly, what is the problem with cutting back the war financing? …
the us already spends way more on it’s military than every other country in the world combined
thirdly, is he planning on some new wars? …
it sure sounds like it from these comments …
this clueless, wannabe tough guy really needs to stop listening to john bolton and his war mongering, small dicked, chicken hawk buddies … 
check out the following chart and tell me that america needs to spend more on it’s military, as he and ryan have proposed …
see if you can figure out why the country is going broke …

Figure8_4

or, this one that compares the us military spending to other nations around the world …

global military spending

NOTE:
the main stream press seems to have forgotten all about the other ten or more heroes who lost their lives in this senseless incident …
the libyan security force members who died trying to defend the embassy …
they had families too …
maybe somebody should have a moment of silence for them as well …
or, at least, thank them …

how much bush really knew

The Deafness Before the Storm

By KURT EICHENWALD
Published: September 10, 2012

IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.

That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.

“The U.S. is not the target of a disinformation campaign by Usama Bin Laden,” the daily brief of June 29 read, using the government’s transliteration of Bin Laden’s first name. Going on for more than a page, the document recited much of the evidence, including an interview that month with a Middle Eastern journalist in which Bin Laden aides warned of a coming attack, as well as competitive pressures that the terrorist leader was feeling, given the number of Islamists being recruited for the separatist Russian region of Chechnya.

And the C.I.A. repeated the warnings in the briefs that followed. Operatives connected to Bin Laden, one reported on June 29, expected the planned near-term attacks to have “dramatic consequences,” including major casualties. On July 1, the brief stated that the operation had been delayed, but “will occur soon.” Some of the briefs again reminded Mr. Bush that the attack timing was flexible, and that, despite any perceived delay, the planned assault was on track.

Yet, the White House failed to take significant action. Officials at the Counterterrorism Center of the C.I.A. grew apoplectic. On July 9, at a meeting of the counterterrorism group, one official suggested that the staff put in for a transfer so that somebody else would be responsible when the attack took place, two people who were there told me in interviews. The suggestion was batted down, they said, because there would be no time to train anyone else.

That same day in Chechnya, according to intelligence I reviewed, Ibn Al-Khattab, an extremist who was known for his brutality and his links to Al Qaeda, told his followers that there would soon be very big news. Within 48 hours, an intelligence official told me, that information was conveyed to the White House, providing more data supporting the C.I.A.’s warnings. Still, the alarm bells didn’t sound.

On July 24, Mr. Bush was notified that the attack was still being readied, but that it had been postponed, perhaps by a few months. But the president did not feel the briefings on potential attacks were sufficient, one intelligence official told me, and instead asked for a broader analysis on Al Qaeda, its aspirations and its history. In response, the C.I.A. set to work on the Aug. 6 brief.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush officials attempted to deflect criticism that they had ignored C.I.A. warnings by saying they had not been told when and where the attack would occur. That is true, as far as it goes, but it misses the point. Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert. Indeed, even as the Aug. 6 brief was being prepared, Mohamed al-Kahtani, a Saudi believed to have been assigned a role in the 9/11 attacks, was stopped at an airport in Orlando, Fla., by a suspicious customs agent and sent back overseas on Aug. 4. Two weeks later, another co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, was arrested on immigration charges in Minnesota after arousing suspicions at a flight school. But the dots were not connected, and Washington did not react.

Could the 9/11 attack have been stopped, had the Bush team reacted with urgency to the warnings contained in all of those daily briefs? We can’t ever know. And that may be the most agonizing reality of all.

Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former reporter for The New York Times, is the author of “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.”

reposted from the new york times

mittens and the war pimpin’ pussies

romney lord of war by hip is everythingmittens isn’t just inept (as his “european vacation just proved once and for all), or a 1%er (as his every freaking move and utterance shows), the man’s a total puppet …
much in the same way as “W” was, only by a magnitude of thousands …
he is already so busy sucking at the neocon tit that even he’s not sure who he is any more (as was evidenced by his trip to israel, AND every verbally diarrheal moment he has) …

mr. “i’ll say anything to get elected” Rmoney has not only stocked his “team” with a whole pile of “W’s” economic and p.r. stooges, he also is taking his foreign policy advice from the same gang that brought ya’ “WMD’s”, imaginary mushroom clouds and the “axis o’ evil” …
yup, lil dick cheney and john “war, war, war!” bolton are back for another round of war mongering, fear, loathing and bigotry …
and they’ve brought along all their chicken-shit pnac and neocon buddies …
AND, to top it all off, mittens seems so enamoured by their school yard bully tactics and paranoia inspired rants that he’s just jumped willingly and wholeheartedly right into this insanity driven madness …

but, then again, anytime you get a bunch of draft dodging cowards like this together, and combine it with a large portion of islamophobic, greed, cash and hate filled paranoia, yer’ bound to have problems and chaos …
and mittens seems to fit into this crowd as easily as a well lubed dildo fits into a gop congressman’s    …
ummm …
but i digress …

i’m a firm believer that this whole gang are nothing more than profit driven and hate inspired, “draft deferment babies” and chicken hawks …
i have this theory that they were those kids at the playground that EVERONE hated, picked on, and beat up, because they were nothing more than loud mouthed, little dicked, momma’s boys who would stand around shooting off their mouths and being big shots until someone had had enough, and ploughed ‘em …
then they’d run home, crying to their mommies, whining about how everyone was picking on them …
then their moms would have to head on down to the playground to finish off what their jerk-off spawns had started …
you remember those guys, don’t ya’? …
well, now they’ve grown up, grabbed some power through intimidation, graft, money and lies, and they’ve got new “mommies” to fight their fights for them …
the american military …
or as we like to call ‘em ‘round here …
your sons and daughters …

i don’t know about you, but i never liked those guys very much, and i’ve sure as hell had enough of them and their insane and cowardly smack talkin’ now …
it’s time to send this whole gang of pussies and wannabe tough guys packin’ …
just sayin’ …

 

piechart-1

and mittens wants to add ANOTHER 6% of the american gdp to the military budget beyond this? …

Mitt Romney’s Neocon War Cabinet

Romney knew little about foreign policy when he ran for president in 2008. An internal dossier of John McCain’s presidential campaign said at the time that “Romney’s foreign affairs resume is extremely thin, leading to credibility problems.” After being branded as too liberal by conservative GOP activists four years ago, Romney aligned himself with Bolton and other neocons in 2012 to protect his right flank. Today there’s little daylight between the candidate and his most militant advisers. “When you read the op-eds and listen to the speeches, it sounds like Romney’s listening to the John Bolton types more than anyone else,” says Brian Katulis, a senior fellow for national security at the Center for American Progress. (The Romney campaign’s openly gay foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, who had been an indefatigable defender of Bolton as the latter’s PR flack in the Bush years, was forced to resign after harsh attacks by anti-gay conservatives.)

Bolton is one of eight Romney advisers who signed letters drafted by the Project for a New American Century, an influential neoconservative advocacy group founded in the 1990s, urging the Clinton and Bush administrations to attack Iraq. PNAC founding member Paula Dobriansky, leading advocate of Bush’s ill-fated “freedom agenda” as an official in the State Department, recently joined the Romney campaign full time. Another PNAC founder, Eliot Cohen, counsellor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 2007 to 2009, wrote the foreword to the Romney campaign’s foreign policy white paper, which was titled, perhaps not coincidentally, “An American Century.” Cohen was a tutor to Bush administration neocons. Following 9/11, he dubbed the war on terror “World War IV,” arguing that Iraq, being an “obvious candidate, having not only helped Al Qaeda, but…developed weapons of mass destruction,” should be its center. In 2009 Cohen urged the Obama administration to “actively seek the overthrow” of Iran’s government.

The Romney campaign released the white paper and its initial roster of foreign policy advisers in October, to coincide with a major address at The Citadel. The cornerstone of Romney’s speech was a gauzy defense of American exceptionalism, a theme the candidate adopted from another PNAC founder and Romney adviser, Robert Kagan. The speech and white paper were long on distortions—claiming that Obama believed “there is nothing unique about the United States” and “issued apologies for America” abroad—and short on policy proposals. The few substantive ideas were costly and bellicose: increasing the number of warships the Navy builds per year from nine to fifteen (five more than the service requested in its 2012 budget), boosting the size of the military by 100,000 troops, placing a missile defense system in Europe and stationing two aircraft carriers near Iran. “What he articulated in the Citadel speech was one of the most inchoate, disorganized, cliché-filled foreign policy speeches that any serious candidate has ever given,” says Steve Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Romney’s team is notable for including Bush aides tarnished by the Iraq fiasco: Robert Joseph, the National Security Council official who inserted the infamous “sixteen words” in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union message claiming that Iraq had tried to buy enriched uranium from Niger; Dan Senor, former spokesman for the hapless Coalition Provisional Authority under Paul Bremer in Iraq; and Eric Edelman, a top official at the Pentagon under Bush. “I can’t name a single Romney foreign policy adviser who believes the Iraq War was a mistake,” says Cato’s Preble. “Two-thirds of the American people do believe the Iraq War was a mistake. So he has willingly chosen to align himself with that one-third of the population right out of the gate.”

Shortly after McCain’s 2008 defeat, Kagan, Edelman, Senor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol launched the Foreign Policy Initiative, a neocon successor to PNAC. FPI’s mission has been to keep the Bush doctrine alive in the Obama era—supporting a troop increase in Afghanistan and opposing a 2014 withdrawal; advocating a 20,000-troop residual force in Iraq; backing a military strike and/or regime change in Iran; promoting military intervention in Syria; urging a more confrontational posture toward Russia; and opposing cuts in military spending. Three of FPI’s four board members are advising Romney.

Edelman, having worked for Dick Cheney in both Bush administrations, is Romney’s link to Cheneyworld. (Edelman suggested to Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, the idea of leaking the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame to undermine former ambassador Joe Wilson for his New York Times op-ed detailing the Bush administration’s falsified Iraq-Niger connection.) As ambassador to Turkey in 2003, Edelman failed to persuade Ankara to support the Iraq War. Turkish columnist Ibrahim Karagul called him “probably the least-liked and trusted American ambassador in Turkish history.” Edelman later moved to the Defense Department, where in 2007 he became infamous for scolding Hillary Clinton when she asked how the Pentagon was planning its withdrawal from Iraq. He’s one of nearly a dozen of Romney advisers who have urged that the United States consider an attack Iran.

Senor is best known for his disastrous stint in Iraq under Bremer, when the United States disbanded the Iraqi Army and tried to privatize the economy. In his book on Iraq, Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post wrote of Senor, “His efforts to spin failures into successes sometimes reached the point of absurdity.” Senor is particularly close to the Israeli right, co-writing the 2009 book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle, which reads like an extended investment brochure. He now serves as a conduit between Romney and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Mitt-Bibi will be the new Reagan-Thatcher,” Senor tweeted after the New York Times ran a story about the close friendship of the two men, which dates to the late 1970s.

read entire article here             reposted from: The Nation

 

obama orders the pnac special … with a side of drones to go


well it’s about frign time …
we’re finally starting to hear some people speak up about the fact that obama’s hope and change is really more about keeping the generals and war mongers happy than keeping his own citizens fed …
and more about looking the other way than looking ahead …
so, with the the embarrassingly radical three ring circus that is the teapublicant party and obama and the dems either too weak, or too in on it all too, to make real, substantive, and necessary change to help out the economy and the people, who the fu*k can ya’ vote for? …
a bunch of far right wing, bat shit crazies who want to drag the country kicking and screaming back to the 1820’s? … or a weak kneed, wall street and military industrial complex group of sell outs, that think that it’s more important to get re-elected than to do what is right for america? …
will it be the guys who deliberately drove the economy and the country off the cliff for political gain and huge personal profit? …
or the guys who then went and hired those exact same architects of the great financial heist of ‘08, to repair, guide and oversee the comeback from the great financial heist of ‘08? …  
some choice …