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The American Military Industrial Complex is Smiling Tonight!

I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.

Aye yie yie.  I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH.  Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:

Humvee via wikipedia

(Image via Wikimedia)

When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.

But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.

So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.

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If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster.  But, voila, here we are.

That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.

Geezus.

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

Malcolm X Was Right About This

We weren’t careful.

Malcom X re Newspapers

(Image via OccupyPhotoJour on Twitter)

July 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM Leave a comment

Oh No, That Guy Wore The Same Suit Last Month!

Tell me if you think we’d ever see an article like this about a guy.  Or, this is how sexist and petty the D.C. media is:

Somebody Spot Janet Yellen Some New Threads

Whether Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s latest pick to head the Federal Reserve, proves to be the financial genius our sputtering economy so desperately needs, remains to be seen.

At least we know her mind won’t be preoccupied with haute couture.

Here’s the black-on-black ensemble she sported last month when President Barack Obama officially nominated her:

Janet Yellen via JewelSamad:AFP:Getty Images via hoh.rollcall.com

(Image: JewelSamad/AFP/GettyImages via hoh.RollCall.com)

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And then the bored-out-of-his-mind moron who thinks this is important news goes on to show a photo of Yellen in the same outfit today when she appeared on Capitol Hill for her confirmation hearing.

Imagine someone saying the same thing about a guy wearing the same suit during two appearances a month apart.  It would never happen.

If this isn’t clear evidence that the “liberal media” will pick at anything, ANYTHING, having to do with the Obama administration, I don’t know what is.

Not only that, Yellen is arguably going to be one of the most powerful people on the planet if she’s confirmed.  Is nitpicking about her clothes what immediately comes to mind here?  Really?

Yes America.  You’re being dumbed down big time.

November 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM Leave a comment

Barack Obama is the Most Oppressive President in the History of the United States

Yeah, he gives great speeches

Obama Berlin  via BigStoryAP.org

(Image via BigStoryAP.org)

but this is the reality of his presidency:

The United States has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and is seeking to have him extradited from Hong Kong, according to NBC News’ Pete Williams. The charges mark the seventh time the Obama administration has charged someone who leaked national security information to the press with spying, more than in all previous presidencies combined.

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Got that? Constitutional lawyer Barack Obama, who said he’d have the most transparent administration ever, has charged more people with spying (when it’s his administration that’s doing the spying) than any administration ever — since George Washington was in office.

Again, got that?

June 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM Leave a comment

Obama Calls Out Lazy Media, Fox and Limbaugh

Obama via CBSNews.com 1-27-13

(Image via CBSNews.com)

I like the plain truth President Obama told Steve Kroft in his 60 Minutes interview tonight:

You know, Steve, I gotta tell you, the — you guys in the press are incorrigible. I was literally inaugurated four days ago. And you’re talking about elections four years from now.”

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And I like the plain truth he told The New Republic too:

One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.

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Memo to Obama and all Democrats:  Keep it up, hammer away at it, drive it home and for God’s sake, don’t let up!

January 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM Leave a comment

The New York Times Reports Fact About Israel, But Then Changes its Mind

The lock the Israeli lobby in the United States has on the discussion of Israel’s occupation of Palestine is truly astonishing.  Check out what the New York Times — a newspaper which says it offers “the world’s finest journalism” — did today when it told the truth (oops!) about that:

Screenshot #1.  Note the headline:  “Palestinians Set Up Camp in Israeli-Occupied West Bank Territory:”

NYtimes screenshot 1 1-12-13

(Image via ElectronicIntifada.net)

Uh oh.  Israeli-occupied?  That’s basically banned language around here because Israel doesn’t do things like that, or so “the worlds finest” journalists would have us believe.  Look at how the headline reads now:  “Palestinians Set Up Tents Where Israel Plans Homes:”

NY Times headline 2 1-12-13

(Image via the NYTimes.com)

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January 12, 2013 at 10:44 AM Leave a comment

Florida Newspaper Takes Poll: Is Hillary Clinton Faking Her Head Injury?

OMG.  I just got off the phone with my 82-year-old aunt.  We talked about a whole bunch of things, one of them was the Internet and computers and iPads.  She said she “played” with her daughter’s iPad a few months ago but otherwise doesn’t use any computer or Internet technology and, as a matter of fact, she likes getting her news from a good old-fashioned newspaper, specifically the Palm Beach Post which she said is “really very good.”

Palm Beach Post

So I decided to mosey on over to the Palm Beach Post’s website to check it out and lo and behold, look what I found, a poll asking this question:

Is Hillary Clinton really ill?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unavailable to testify before congressional hearings into the attack on the U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, because she suffered a concussion in a fall.

Some critics of the Obama administration, however, expressed skepticism. U.S. Rep. Allen West, for one, said he thought she was suffering from the “Benghazi Flu.”

Initial investigations of the Benghazi attacks, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died, have been very critical of high-level State Department officials, several of whom have resigned or been reassigned.

However, official reports have not traced the blame up to Mrs. Clinton’s level.

Critics expressing doubt as to whether Mrs. Clinton really was ill have said they think she is trying to duck in-depth questioning about State Department failures.

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What do you think? Is Hillary Clinton really ill? Take our poll.

Your take
Is Hillary Clinton really ill?
Yes
No
As of this moment, the tally is 71% yes and 29% no.  (There’s that famous 29% again…the same 29% who believe Saddam Hussein had WMD and who long for George W. to be back in the White House.)
I looked around to see if I could find anything on George H.W. Bush faking his illness too so, oh, I don’t know, he could get out of figuring out what to buy people for Christmas but I couldn’t find anything.
This is so outrageous.  Does anyone (other than the 29%ers) really think Clinton is such an unprofessional scaredy cat that she is going to this length to avoid testify or commenting about what happened in Benghazi?  Really?  What this is is the beginning of a Hillary Clinton smear campaign that won’t end until she either dies or declares definitively that she is not running for president in 2016, nor will she ever run because if she does, Republicans are going to sweat bullets.
I checked to see if Rupert Murdoch owns this thing and he doesn’t but I don’t think it’s a stretch to think he might because this is a Fox-driven meme.
Anyway, my poor aunt.  I don’t know about the Palm Beach Post being “really very good.”

January 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM Leave a comment

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