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Flashback! 1/2014: PJ Media Encourages Readers to Sign Petition to Free Bergdahl “By Any Means Necessary”

By any means necessary - including the release of the 5 Gitmo detainees
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Here’s PJ Media in January encouraging people to sign a petition for the White House to secure the release of Bergdahl by ANY means necessary. Including mentioning the possible trade of 5 Taliban GITMO detainees.

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1 A Mom Anon  Jun 2, 2014 6:11:51pm

I’m sure they’re not the only ones. I have a feeling this is a pattern.

2 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 6:13:36pm

More and more stories seem to be filed in the Weird category these days.

3 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:14:57pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

More and more stories seem to be filed in the Weird category these days.

Now she’s posting negative stories about this. Too many Tweets to include.

4 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 2, 2014 6:15:55pm

Who started this BERGDAHL IS A DESERTER TRAITOR1!!!!!1!!! hive swarm?

5 dog philosopher  Jun 2, 2014 6:16:54pm

bergdahl == “squirrel!!”

6 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:17:04pm

Just made a comment in the other thread where Gus started this particular conversation. it fits the topic.

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Gus, you gotta remember, January was a couple news cycles ago. That was then, this is now.

People with little brains are like too-small hard drives in a computer. Stuff gets written over the old, time and time again. January is erased now, replaced with what they learned this week.

The Republicans have figured this out with their base. It is why they repealed Obamacare 50+ times, have been on Benghazi since Sept 11, 2012 with three hearings, keep bringing up the IRS and Fast and Furious.

You have to rewrite those files when they become a little corrupted so that they get fresh new updates when new fixes come out.

/

7 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 2, 2014 6:21:35pm

Awesome blogging Gus. Heh. So busted.

8 Lidane  Jun 2, 2014 6:24:19pm

I RT’d this story, and added a hashtag for TCOT.

I would also suggest sending this story to the journalist types that are writing about the RW freakout over Bergdahl’s release. They need to see that many of the same people crying Deserter! Traitor! Eleventy! were demanding his release before it happened.

9 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 6:27:39pm

How Obama Convinced His Spies to Support the Taliban Prisoner Release

…the process for exchanging Taliban for Bergdahl this time was rushed and closely held, in some instances leaving little room for any push back against a policy clearly favored by the White House.

“This was an example of forcing the consensus,” one U.S. military official said. “The White House knew the answer they wanted and they ended up getting it.”

U.S. officials say that this time around there were three factors that swayed Clapper to support the deal. To start, the guarantee from the Kingdom of Qatar to monitor the detainees for a year under a loose form of house arrest. When the deal was first explored in 2011 and 2012, there was no such offer from a third party.

Another factor that changed Clapper’s view on the trade was that the five Taliban officials no longer had access to the same network of fighters that they would have, had they been released several years ago. “A lot of their networks are decimated at this point,” one U.S. intelligence official said.

Finally, by the time the detainees will be allowed to leave Qatar, U.S. troops will be in the process of the final withdrawal from Afghanistan.

10 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:27:52pm

Today.

11 nines09  Jun 2, 2014 6:29:59pm

They hate it when you point out what they said before the latest thing they said. Facts? What are they?

12 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 6:31:07pm

re: #10 Gus

Bought and paid for. No shame whatsoever.

13 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:32:26pm

re: #10 Gus

Today.

Analyst on CNN says “well, Israel’s done it” re prisoner swaps, as if those have turned out so well

Anyone know if Ms. Bridget Johnson is aware of Gus’ work here at Little Green Footballs tonight?

PJ Media probably follows this site a bit don’t they?

14 EPR-radar  Jun 2, 2014 6:32:53pm

re: #11 nines09

They hate it when you point out what they said before the latest thing they said. Facts? What are they?

The best example of this hypocrisy is the GOP deficit hawks in Congress that didn’t care at all about deficits when the president was Republican.

15 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:33:23pm

re: #13 ObserverArt

Anyone know if Ms. Bridget Johnson is aware of Gus’ work here at Little Green Footballs tonight?

PJ Media probably follows this site a bit don’t they?

Just Tweeted this to PJMedia. They won’t care.

16 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:35:03pm
17 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:35:24pm

As in.

18 nines09  Jun 2, 2014 6:35:25pm

re: #14 EPR-radar

I recall just about every last one saying the deficit was “No big deal” and then the cracker jack interviewer would just ramble on to the next bit of fluff.

19 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:35:36pm

re: #15 Gus

Just Tweeted this to PJMedia. They won’t care.

That’s cool. It’s just good for them to know it is out there. What they choose to ignore and rewrite is up to them, but they know that the info they are backtracking is on the ‘net for other to come across.

Hopefully your twitter works with others and it keeps getting sent back to them.

20 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:35:58pm

Oops.

21 EPR-radar  Jun 2, 2014 6:36:17pm

re: #18 nines09

I recall just about every last one saying the deficit was “No big deal” and then the cracker jack interviewer would just ramble on to the next bit of fluff.

“deficits don’t matter”, said by at least one Bushie. Still ticks me off.

22 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:36:43pm

re: #20 Gus

Oops.

And now the dance is on! I think there will be a waltz.

23 nines09  Jun 2, 2014 6:37:09pm

re: #21 EPR-radar

Absolutely.

24 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:38:22pm

Followed by the twist.

25 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 2, 2014 6:38:38pm

re: #22 ObserverArt

And now the dance is on! I think there will be a waltz.

I doubt they could be that coordinated…

26 CuriousLurker  Jun 2, 2014 6:39:04pm

re: #4 Pie-onist Overlord

Who started this BERGDAHL IS A DESERTER TRAITOR1!!!!!1!!! hive swarm?

As far as I can tell it seems that Malkin was pimping that angle right form the get-go starting on her website Saturday night & also via Twitchy since then.

Annnnnd I’ve had enough of this ugliness for one day.

G’nite, lizards.

27 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 6:39:40pm

re: #22 ObserverArt

And now the dance is on! I think there will be a waltz.

I’m thinking more of a Quickstep.

28 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:40:28pm

Well, one thing we know…there will be a limbo.

Let’s see how low they can go.

29 teresa  Jun 2, 2014 6:40:48pm

Well done.

30 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 6:42:39pm

re: #28 ObserverArt

Well, one thing we know…there will be a limbo.

Let’s see how low they can go.

I don’t think it can beat the Gus Stomp though.

31 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 2, 2014 6:43:40pm

Cross post O/T apology

If anyone was in my Defensive Gun Use Page I apologize. I deleted one sentence and somehow lost about the latter half of it. Crap. I sent a note to Charles but well I’ll be a while reconstructing it. Note to myself-make big Pages in Word and keep a backup. Ouch

32 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:43:53pm
33 Belafon  Jun 2, 2014 6:46:41pm

re: #32 Gus

In other words: I didn’t really read back then what I was endorsing, so you can’t hold it against me if I’m against it now.

34 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:48:28pm

re: #33 Belafon

In other words: I didn’t really read back then what I was endorsing, so you can’t hold it against me if I’m against it now.

Seems to be the case. This is a broader issue of course beyond her and PJMedia.

35 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:48:42pm

re: #27 allegro

I’m thinking more of a Quickstep.

Looks like we got a side-step.

36 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 6:50:25pm

re: #34 Gus

Seems to be the case. This is a broader issue of course beyond her and PJMedia.

It’s an excuse. She was perfectly willing to use Bergdahl to advance her own credibility, until it became necessary to trash Bergdahl to advance her own credibility.

37 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 6:53:31pm

re: #36 Charles Johnson

It’s an excuse. She was perfectly willing to use Bergdahl to advance her own credibility, until it became necessary to trash Bergdahl to advance her own credibility.

Two steps back and one over. Wheeee…

Sort of like a square dance now. We are at a hoedown.

LGF is providing the very small fiddle.

38 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:54:22pm

re: #36 Charles Johnson

It’s an excuse. She was perfectly willing to use Bergdahl to advance her own credibility, until it became necessary to trash Bergdahl to advance her own credibility.

Yep. I think the fact that she endorsed the petition Tweeting @bobbergdahl directly indicates that she did support the petition — by any means necessary.

39 Amory Blaine  Jun 2, 2014 6:55:25pm

Conservatives are willing to cause incredible damage to this country if it furthers their hold on power. All signs point to another investigation. Issa can redeem himself, House impeachment proceedings can start their pledge drive to amass more power. Yuck.

40 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:55:55pm
41 Amory Blaine  Jun 2, 2014 6:56:02pm

Is there any way to see who signed the petition?

42 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 6:56:05pm

She didn’t just put Bergdahl on her website, she made a point of hyping him at PJ Media. More than once. And she hyped a White House petition for his cause.

The sleaziness of these people can still amaze me sometimes.

43 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:57:23pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson

She didn’t just put Bergdahl on her website, she made a point of hyping it at PJ Media. More than once. And she hyped a White House petition for his cause.

The sleaziness of these people can still amaze me sometimes.

Wait. She’s the author of this poll too?

44 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 2, 2014 6:58:58pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson
Halp!
Okay I have now lost Part one on the Page… It’s in my Dashboard published. Part 2 is there.

45 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 6:59:01pm
46 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:00:30pm

Now he’s complaining.

47 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 7:01:04pm

re: #43 Gus

Wait. She’s the author of this poll too?

Well, actually… I misstated that. The poll’s gone now, so there’s no way to know. But she was clearly very close to whoever did post it.

48 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:02:22pm
49 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:04:08pm

Now she’s complaining.

50 Decatur Deb  Jun 2, 2014 7:05:33pm

1. Assign the President any difficult task with low likelihood of success.
2. If he fails, attack.
3. if he succeeds, attack.

51 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:06:11pm

Sign/promote petition to release Bergdahl BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY then complain after he’s released.

52 ObserverArt  Jun 2, 2014 7:06:48pm

re: #50 Decatur Deb

1. Assign the President any difficult task with low likelihood of success.
2. If he fails, attack.
3. if he succeeds, attack.

Keep it simple DDeb.

1. Attack.

53 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 7:07:21pm
54 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 2, 2014 7:13:42pm

Hmm, stumbled across a cable channel showing the good version of “The Wicker Man”.

55 blueraven  Jun 2, 2014 7:15:59pm

Now there is a WH petition to punish Bergdahl

petitions.whitehouse.gov

over 7000 sigs in a couple of days. These people are nuts. Have they no shame or compassion at all? Do they know or care about due process?

56 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:16:50pm

re: #55 blueraven

Now there is a WH petition to punish Bergdahl

petitions.whitehouse.gov

over 7000 sigs in a couple of days. These people are nuts. Have they no shame or compassion at all? Do they know or care about due process?

Probably by the same people.

// (half)

57 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 2, 2014 7:17:00pm

re: #55 blueraven

Now there is a WH petition to punish Bergdahl

petitions.whitehouse.gov

over 7000 sigs in a couple of days. These people are nuts. Have they no shame or compassion at all? Do they know or care about due process?

Short term memory loss. Maybe it’s meth?

58 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 2, 2014 7:17:49pm

And yet they can endlessly retweet some alleged quote Obama said in 2006 that contradicts his current position.

59 nines09  Jun 2, 2014 7:18:25pm

re: #55 blueraven

Now there is a WH petition to punish Bergdahl

petitions.whitehouse.gov

over 7000 sigs in a couple of days. These people are nuts. Have they no shame or compassion at all? Do they know or care about due process?

They are professionals. They know everything. They are now going to engage in fratricide on a serviceman they know nothing about. Due process? String him up is more like it. They disgust me.

60 Charles Johnson  Jun 2, 2014 7:19:47pm
61 dog philosopher  Jun 2, 2014 7:21:19pm

re: #58 Pie-onist Overlord

And yet they can endlessly retweet some alleged quote Obama said in 2006 that contradicts his current position.

i actually found this statement on a right wing blog i check pretty often

And there is something deeply disturbing about the Obama administration’s just brushing aside a federal law about informing Congress before any release from Gitmo because the President just deemed it unnecessary. Imagine what the Democrats would be saying if President Bush had ignored a federal law because he’d made a signing statement saying he wouldn’t follow the law.

i have been staring at it wondering if the author actually forgot or never knew about the notorious signing statement mania that bush was famous for… really?…

62 jaunte  Jun 2, 2014 7:27:53pm

re: #61 dog philosopher

“President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.”
boston.com

63 jaunte  Jun 2, 2014 7:31:03pm

The vultures are out.

64 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:34:12pm

re: #63 jaunte

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The vultures are out.

News. //

65 jaunte  Jun 2, 2014 7:34:36pm

I think we’re there.

66 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:35:50pm

re: #65 jaunte

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I think we’re there.

News has become “death watch.”

67 jamesfirecat  Jun 2, 2014 7:35:51pm

re: #54 Feline Fearless Leader

Hmm, stumbled across a cable channel showing the good version of “The Wicker Man”.

So not the “not the bees” version?

68 jaunte  Jun 2, 2014 7:36:11pm
69 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:36:20pm

re: #65 jaunte

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I think we’re there.

As you probably saw, CNN was played clip from Homeland.

70 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 2, 2014 7:41:30pm

re: #63 jaunte

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The vultures are out.

Someone needs to tell Cheney that his buddies Reagan, Thatcher, Pinochet & Franco have a bunk waiting for him in their room in Gehenna…

71 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:45:18pm

Derp.

twitter.com

72 Shazam  Jun 2, 2014 7:45:50pm

If this had happened while Bush was president, he’d have gotten a giant fucking parade. Bush, I mean. Sgt. Bergdahl would have been barely present.

73 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 2, 2014 7:47:09pm

Finally got mah Page fixed. One link had some problem that did not show up in preview. Anyway it’s all back for those interested..

74 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:50:08pm

re: #73 Rightwingconspirator

Finally got mah Page fixed. One link had some problem that did not show up in preview. Anyway it’s all back for those interested..

Nice looking page.

75 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 7:50:43pm

So it begins. //

76 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 2, 2014 7:51:31pm

re: #74 Gus

Thanks very much. I had deleted one line and that disturbed one link and half of it was just gone. Very confusing all was well in Dashboard preview. But whew, had a few hours in that over the last days.

77 plansbandc  Jun 2, 2014 7:51:39pm

One of my Republican friends just tweeted “I’m sure the Taliban have a renewed spirit from this.”

FFS

78 bratwurst  Jun 2, 2014 7:52:49pm
79 Shazam  Jun 2, 2014 7:54:06pm

re: #78 bratwurst

Most of the right still wish they could send him back.

80 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Jun 2, 2014 7:56:53pm

re: #21 EPR-radar

“deficits don’t matter”, said by at least one Bushie. Still ticks me off.

Reagan proved it, I believe it, and that settles it.

81 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 8:01:28pm

Remember the cover-up?

82 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 8:05:27pm

There are approximately 40,000 Taliban at any given time according to Wikipedia.

5/40,000 x 100 = 0.0125 percent.

The 5 over the hill Taliban/GITMO detainees represent 0.01 percent of total Taliban strength.

83 teleskiguy  Jun 2, 2014 8:05:33pm

This has to be the most classic Obama Derangement Syndrome symptom ever. The cognitive dissonance astounds.

84 teleskiguy  Jun 2, 2014 8:06:28pm

Lizards! I gotta tell about what I saw today!

85 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 8:09:54pm

re: #82 Gus

There are approximately 40,000 Taliban at any given time according to Wikipedia.

5/40,000 x 100 = 0.0125 percent.

The 5 over the hill Taliban/GITMO detainees represent 0.01 percent of total Taliban strength.

Graphic.

The black dot is 5 Taliban.

86 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 8:10:58pm

After Taliban prisoner swap, concerns surface in U.S. over Qatar’s role
Qatar seems kind of nice. They may not have to spend the entire year there but maybe they’ll like it.

87 teleskiguy  Jun 2, 2014 8:12:19pm

re: #84 teleskiguy

This fucking meteor had to be pretty big! If that Chelyabinsk, Russia meteor that hit in 2013 was the size of a minivan, what I saw today had to be the size of a basketball, I suppose. I don’t know how one determines such things.

But that fucker I saw today was BRIGHT, plain as day. I feel quite lucky to have seen it. :D

88 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 8:12:26pm

re: #85 Gus

Graphic.

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The black dot is 5 Taliban.

We are the 99.9%! - Yellow part

89 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 8:15:05pm

If Bowe Bergdahl Is a Deserter, What Should Be Done With Him?

Eugene Fidell, a lecturer on military law at the Yale Law School and co-founder of the National Institute of Military Justice, doubts the case will get that far, even if warranted. “It’s utterly discretionary as a matter of clemency, a matter of judgment, and indeed even as a matter of politics. The authorities can decide this is not a case that they want to do anything about,” he says.

“Let’s assume that the facts demonstrate that he left with an intent to remain away permanently — that is desertion,” Fidell says. “Will the cognizant general officer decide, ‘Look, this guy spent five years [as a prisoner] and we’re just not going to put him through the wringer again?’ No prosecution is mandated by the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” he adds. “We don’t tend to throw the book at these people who are under quite unusual circumstances.”

90 HappyWarrior  Jun 2, 2014 8:15:07pm

Really messed up for them to turn on this guy after he finally gets freed. Low even for people who are already pretty scummy.

91 missliberties  Jun 2, 2014 8:15:54pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

Bought and paid for. No shame whatsoever.

Seriously disturbing that they keep getting away with this crap. How can we make it stop.

I retweeted!!

92 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 2, 2014 8:16:30pm
93 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 2, 2014 8:18:18pm

re: #73 Rightwingconspirator

Finally got mah Page fixed. One link had some problem that did not show up in preview. Anyway it’s all back for those interested..

Good page. I posted a thought on it.

94 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 8:19:08pm

re: #86 Killgore Trout

After Taliban prisoner swap, concerns surface in U.S. over Qatar’s role
Qatar seems kind of nice. They may not have to spend the entire year there but maybe they’ll like it.

(9) Since 2002, of the 779 total detainees, more than 550
have departed Guantanamo Bay for other countries, including
Albania, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Belgium,
Denmark, Egypt, France, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kazakhstan,
Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia,
Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Sudan, Tajikistan

95 HappyWarrior  Jun 2, 2014 8:19:17pm

re: #92 Backwoods_Sleuth

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She truly is one of the most repulsive people in politics and that’s saying something.

96 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 8:20:43pm

It appears that we’ve been working with Qatar already.

Try again.

97 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 8:24:53pm

re: #94 Gus

From the article

“Since we found out about these transfers, members of Congress have had serious concerns based on intelligence assessments and past performance by Qatar,” said a Congressional investigator who was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter.

The State Department’s concerns about Qatar’s supervision of released militants were detailed in a diplomatic cable dated February 2009 by the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar’s capital, citing the case of Jarallah al-Marri, a former Guantanamo detainee released to Qatar in July 2008.

In the cable, the U.S. embassy criticized Qatar for failing to follow through on promises to bar al Marri from leaving Qatar, noting he made two trips to Britain since his release from Guantanamo, and that during his second visit, in early 2009, British authorities arrested him.

I don’t expect anything different this time. The guys might stay put for a while but if they want to leave before their year is up the won’t have much trouble. The year wait is kind of silly, I don’t think it will make any difference.

98 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 2, 2014 8:26:26pm
99 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 8:26:57pm
A task force appointed by the White House reviewed the case files of Guantanamo Bay detainees in 2009. Intelligence assessments raised questions about Qatar’s suitability as a destination for freed militants and its ability to impose conditions or restrictions on their movements and activities, the U.S. officials said.
100 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 8:35:30pm

re: #97 Killgore Trout

re: #99 Killgore Trout

So Qatar might keep them a year, or Qatar might not. This statement is most certainly true, being a tautology. Your concern, however, is based on data that is now 5 years old.

And as re: #85 Gus points out, the 5 former prisoners are but a drop on the bucket compared to the estimated Taliban forces.

I am unperturbed.

101 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 2, 2014 8:37:25pm

re: #100 wheat-dogghazi

So Qatar might keep them a year, or Qatar might not. This statement is most certainly true, being a tautology. Your concern, however, is based on data that is now 5 years old.

And as points out, the 5 former prisoners are but a drop on the bucket compared to the estimated Taliban forces.

I am unperturbed.

BUT BUT BUT you’re supposed to be concerned!

102 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 2, 2014 8:58:02pm

Jim Wright is righteously pissed at the crazy people.

103 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 9:05:44pm

re: #102 Backwoods_Sleuth

Jim Wright is righteously pissed at the crazy people.

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Excerpt.

And Bergdahl has neither admitted his guilt nor proclaimed his innocence as yet. There’s been no Article 32 hearing, no trial, no court martial. The military and the intelligence agencies haven’t even begun his debriefing. All we know for certain is that an American solider was taken captive by the enemy, held for years, and returned as part of a prisoner exchange. That’s it. That’s what we know. We don’t know what events led to his capture, not all of them, not yet. We don’t know the details of his captivity. We don’t know the particulars of his release beyond the broad details that have been published in the press.

Nevertheless, Bergdahl has been condemned by the popular media, by social networks, by pundits and politicians, not because they know more about the situation than you or I do, but solely because they hate the president. If Obama was behind Bergdahl’s release, then Bergdahl is a traitor, Q.E.D. because the president must never, ever, be allowed even the slightest acknowledgement of patriotism.

This condemnation isn’t about Bergdahl, it’s about Obama.

104 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 2, 2014 9:09:38pm

I just finished reading Stonekettle and have to say, I’ve seen Jim angry in the past but this time…wow.
It is excellent.

105 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 9:11:24pm

re: #103 Gus

Excerpt.

He writes much better when he’s less angry. I like his longer format articles but about 50% of the space in that article is wasted on anger instead of making his point.

106 Stanley Sea  Jun 2, 2014 9:15:48pm

out.

107 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 9:26:19pm

re: #105 Killgore Trout

He writes much better when he’s less angry. I like his longer format articles but about 50% of the space in that article is wasted on anger instead of making his point.

108 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 9:26:38pm

re: #105 Killgore Trout

He writes much better when he’s less angry. I like his longer format articles but about 50% of the space in that article is wasted on anger instead of making his point.

109 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 9:27:27pm

re: #105 Killgore Trout

He writes much better when he’s less angry. I like his longer format articles but about 50% of the space in that article is wasted on anger instead of making his point.

You know what pisses me off KT? I tried being on your side before when you get this way but you don’t even give a crap about that and will pull the same shit on me.

110 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 9:30:24pm

But yeah. I know. I’m “outraged.” Outrage, outrage, outrage.

111 blueraven  Jun 2, 2014 9:32:25pm

re: #110 Gus

But yeah. I know. I’m “outraged.” Outrage, outrage, outrage.

Give up Gus. It’s a bad case of ODS. There is no known cure.

112 TedStriker  Jun 2, 2014 9:32:41pm

re: #105 Killgore Trout

He writes much better when he’s less angry. I like his longer format articles but about 50% of the space in that article is wasted on anger instead of making his point.

Oh, I love how you’re so concerned about Wright’s writing style, instead of channeling some genuine concern about the batshit crazy, opportunistic, morally bankrupt hypocrites that Wright’s talking about in regards to Bergdahl.

113 Killgore Trout  Jun 2, 2014 9:36:41pm

re: #109 Gus

You know what pisses me off KT? I tried being on your side before when you get this way but you don’t even give a crap about that and will pull the same shit on me.

Don’t take it personally, I like his articles but I’m finding anger to be a turn off these days. I think a lot of people are burning out on it and I think he could have made his point better and more efficiently without the anger.

114 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 9:37:26pm

re: #113 Killgore Trout

Don’t take it personally, I like his articles but I’m finding anger to be a turn off these days. I think a lot of people are burning out on it and I think he could have made his point better and more efficiently without the anger.

“Don’t take it personally.” You’re so weird sometimes.

115 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 9:39:02pm

re: #113 Killgore Trout

Stonekettle Jim served in the military. He has every right to be angry at the 101st Chairborne dumping on Bergdahl, the latest surrogate for Obama.

116 darthstar  Jun 2, 2014 9:39:50pm

Remember that 1970 International pickup I posted yesterday? My wife just said, “Aw, fuck it, let’s buy it.” I love that woman. And the owner just texted to say he’s been trying to sell for 3 months. I told him I’d pay a fair price if it ran well. I feel like I just won the lottery.

117 palomino  Jun 2, 2014 9:40:28pm

re: #100 wheat-dogghazi

So Qatar might keep them a year, or Qatar might not. This statement is most certainly true, being a tautology. Your concern, however, is based on data that is now 5 years old.

And as points out, the 5 former prisoners are but a drop on the bucket compared to the estimated Taliban forces.

I am unperturbed.

Of course you’re unperturbed. You’re a rational person, as far as I can tell, and neither a dick nor a troll.

118 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 2, 2014 9:40:44pm

welp, it’s after midnight and storms are getting closer.
Play nice:

119 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 9:41:41pm

re: #116 darthstar

Remember that 1970 International pickup I posted yesterday? My wife just said, “Aw, fuck it, let’s buy it.” I love that woman. And the owner just texted to say he’s been trying to sell for 3 months. I told him I’d pay a fair price if it ran well. I feel like I just won the lottery.

Good for you! Hope it works out well.

So, when you getting a gun rack in the rear window?
/

120 darthstar  Jun 2, 2014 9:42:55pm

re: #119 wheat-dogghazi

Good for you! Hope it works out well.

So, when you getting a gun rack in the rear window?
/

Oh, I plan on putting a gun rack in it…my red-neck family will love it. - Though I’ll put a pool cue into it or a fishing pole.

121 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 9:43:26pm

re: #117 palomino

Of course you’re unperturbed. You’re a rational person, as far as I can tell, and neither a dick nor a troll.

Thanks. I am neither, or at least I try not to be.

122 darthstar  Jun 2, 2014 9:44:26pm

By the way, about those Taliban detainees we just traded for a US soldier? They’ve been carmelizing their onions in Gitmo for 12 years…they have no value as military assets for either side. Obama could have traded them for a used Eagles CD and it would have been a good deal.

123 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 2, 2014 9:44:52pm

re: #120 darthstar

Oh, I plan on putting a gun rack in it…my red-neck family will love it. - Though I’ll put a pool cue into it or a fishing pole.

But no Truck Nutz right?

124 palomino  Jun 2, 2014 9:45:00pm

re: #103 Gus

This is exactly the same shit we saw after bin Laden was killed. The GOP bent over backwards attempting to make sure Obama got no credit whatsoever.

Part of it is the usual partisan dickery, but part is also the irrational hatred of Obama. It’s really sick, and these last 5 years are easily the low point in the treatment of a US president by the opposition party.

125 Kragar  Jun 2, 2014 9:47:53pm

re: #118 Backwoods_Sleuth

126 Mattand  Jun 2, 2014 9:47:56pm

re: #124 palomino

This is exactly the same shit we saw after bin Laden was killed. The GOP bent over backwards attempting to make sure Obama got no credit whatsoever.

Part of it is the usual partisan dickery, but part is also the irrational hatred of Obama. It’s really sick, and these last 5 years are easily the low point in the treatment of a US president by the opposition party.

As has been mentioned elsewhere, Obama’s mistakes were:

1) Not doing a deal that involved weapons, a la St. Reagan
2) securing the release of an American POW while black

127 Ding-an-sich Wannabe  Jun 2, 2014 9:49:51pm

The vice-Torturer-in-Chief should be enjoying the summer in Hague rather than than commenting on how good this or that deal is.

128 palomino  Jun 2, 2014 9:50:57pm

re: #126 Mattand

As has been mentioned elsewhere, Obama’s mistakes were:

1) Not doing a deal that involved weapons, a la St. Reagan
2) securing the release of an American POW while black

The gop reaction is both insane and utterly predictable.

If Bergdahl actually deserted, he’s still OUR deserter. We get him back first, then determine if he deserves a trial and punishment. We don’t just say, “Aah, fuck that guy, he may not be a hero, so let’s give up, let him die.”

129 bratwurst  Jun 2, 2014 9:51:08pm

re: #122 darthstar

Obama could have traded them for a used Eagles CD and it would have been a good deal.

Hotel California, The Long Run, the early 80s live album or even Greatest Hits? Ok.

Their recent dreck? NO DEAL!

130 palomino  Jun 2, 2014 9:53:34pm

re: #127 Ding-an-sich Wannabe

The vice-Torturer-in-Chief should be enjoying the summer in Hague rather than than commenting on how good this or that deal is.

Cheney wouldn’t know a good deal if it bit him in the ass. Why anyone takes him, or Rumsfeld, Kristol, et al., seriously anymore I have no idea.

When you make big plans and predictions, and they’re virtually all totally wrong, you lose your Credibility Card to judge others in the same arena.

131 Ding-an-sich Wannabe  Jun 2, 2014 9:54:30pm

132 blueraven  Jun 2, 2014 10:01:13pm

re: #105 Killgore Trout

He writes much better when he’s less angry. I like his longer format articles but about 50% of the space in that article is wasted on anger instead of making his point.

Anger is his point KT. Are you too damn dense or just willfully ignorant?
Yes, he is mad as hell.
We have a rich history of righteous anger in the US.
Anger is a healthy emotion and an effective tool when used properly.

Get over yourself…we are all on to you.

133 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 10:05:11pm

re: #131 Ding-an-sich Wannabe

You cropped out Annette, among others.

134 Khal Wimpo  Jun 2, 2014 10:06:42pm

re: #90 HappyWarrior

In topsy-turvy wingnut world, I expect to hear very soon that Rush, Beck, Hannity and the Screaming Harpy are all urging their followers to stage a protest at the airport so they can all line up and take turns spitting in the face of the returning POW.

Because obviously, if anything related to any human on the planet reflects well on Obama, that person must be mocked, humiliated, denounced and attacked.

135 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 10:07:54pm
136 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 10:09:00pm

re: #133 wheat-dogghazi

You cropped out Annette, among others.

And cut off Jimmy’s head. Dayum.

137 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 2, 2014 10:09:11pm

re: #122 darthstar

By the way, about those Taliban detainees we just traded for a US soldier? They’ve been carmelizing their onions in Gitmo for 12 years…they have no value as military assets for either side. Obama could have traded them for a used Eagles CD and it would have been a good deal.

QFT. They are completely unfamiliar with current Taliban operations, conditions, and personnel. This could make them a security risk if they are re-admitted to the hierarchy, as seems likely given their propaganda value and their status as martyrs.

138 Mentis Fugit  Jun 2, 2014 10:11:34pm

Well they had to smear Bergdahl. The alternative narrative would have had to be, Teh Juice exchanged eleventy billion terriosts for one soldier. Obumbler thinks our Brave Troops is only worth five. SEND ALL THE GITMO!!!1!

139 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 10:11:47pm

re: #137 Shiplord Kirel

Technically, you’re only a martyr once you’re dead.

140 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 2, 2014 10:13:19pm

re: #139 wheat-dogghazi

Technically, you’re only a martyr once you’re dead.

Do the living dead count? That’s what these guys are in terms of their real value.

141 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:13:27pm

re: #113 Killgore Trout

Don’t take it personally, I like his articles but I’m finding anger to be a turn off these days. I think a lot of people are burning out on it and I think he could have made his point better and more efficiently without the anger.

Muslims KT! Muslims! They’re coming to kill you!

142 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 10:13:57pm

re: #139 wheat-dogghazi

Technically, you’re only a martyr once you’re dead.

I think the Nelson Mandela story might contradict that.

143 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:14:10pm

Trojan Horse in the UK. Muslims are coming for you!

144 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:15:33pm

The copy and paste all the Muslim violence news. Every time you log on.

145 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:16:22pm

Your whole life sucks because you’re sitting there staring at Ace of Spades and Hot Air all day. Must suck.

146 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 10:16:39pm

re: #136 allegro

Annette died just last April, age 70. She’d been suffering from MS.

147 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:17:33pm

Or reading Daily Beast and Josh Rogin. With the occasional link to Christian Science Monitor to appear as an intellectual. Been there.

148 BadExampleMan  Jun 2, 2014 10:17:34pm

Ho hum. Cleek’s Law proven yet again. Film at 11.

149 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:18:44pm
150 blueraven  Jun 2, 2014 10:19:56pm

re: #147 Gus

Or reading Daily Beast and Josh Rogin. With the occasional link to Christian Science Monitor to appear as an intellectual. Been there.

Don’t forget Kos. outrage!

151 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:20:07pm
152 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:20:26pm

re: #150 blueraven

Don’t forget Kos. outrage!

DKos will destroy America!

153 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:21:26pm

If only we could back to the good old days of supporting South American dictators to fight communism. Freedom.

154 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 10:22:09pm

re: #146 wheat-dogghazi

Annette died just last April, age 70. She’d been suffering from MS.

I know and I grieved her loss. She and Frankie played pretty big roles in my life as an almost-teenager during their heyday. In fact, I still refer to my summer vacations on the lake/beach in Michigan in the 60s as my Frankie and Annette days. They were truly glorious.

155 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:22:50pm

Yeah, but, Stonekettle usually writes good stuff but this was too long and missed the mark on my CLASSICAL LIBERAL ideology.

156 palomino  Jun 2, 2014 10:23:20pm

re: #144 Gus

The copy and paste all the Muslim violence news. Every time you log on.

Agree totally. It’s a strange and pointless way of “contributing” to discussion on a thread.

Especially since most of the posts are nothing more than a lazy cut and paste job. Plus they rarely relate to topic threads. And usually there’s not even a sentence or two of analysis or introduction as to why the story is of some significance.

157 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:23:45pm

Here let me link to Daily Caller Beast.

158 Lidane  Jun 2, 2014 10:26:10pm

re: #152 Gus

DKos will destroy America!

The Great Orange Satan must be stopped!

/////

159 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:26:58pm

I think KT is still stuck in Walter and Mandy mode.

160 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:28:23pm

Still stuck in Dan Rather and the throbbing memo.

161 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:28:35pm

Gaza flotillas.

162 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:29:11pm

Declaring people antisemitic for any criticism of Israel.

163 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:29:35pm

Always with a hard on about Markos at DKos.

164 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:30:23pm

Say one thing bad about Bibi and then get equated with Hitler.

165 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:30:47pm

KT is like Allahpundit.

166 Ding-an-sich Wannabe  Jun 2, 2014 10:31:19pm

re: #133 wheat-dogghazi

*I* didn’t crop out anything ;)

167 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:32:02pm

Still holding on to the old LGF baggage. Sad.

168 palomino  Jun 2, 2014 10:32:07pm

re: #159 Gus

I think KT is still stuck in Walter and Mandy mode.

That’s hysterical. Mandy had to be one of the dumbest people ever to post here on a regular basis. I remember having a conversation with her about junk food. She really believed that Barack and Michelle were planning to close down fast food restaurants nationwide and take unhealthy foods off supermarket shelves.

I tried to explain to her that none of that was possible, politically or economically. It didn’t seem to matter. She had heard it somewhere, ODS had set in, and the use of reason was wasted on her.

169 Ding-an-sich Wannabe  Jun 2, 2014 10:33:11pm

170 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:33:46pm

re: #168 palomino

That’s hysterical. Mandy had to be one of the dumbest people ever to post here on a regular basis. I remember having a conversation with her about junk food. She really believed that Barack and Michelle were planning to close down fast food restaurants nationwide and take unhealthy foods off supermarket shelves.

I tried to explain to her that none of that was possible, politically or economically. It didn’t seem to matter. She had heard it somewhere, ODS had set in, and the use of reason was wasted on her.

We used to have some serious weirdos here.

171 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:34:49pm

I’m surprised that KT isn’t siding with Sarah Palin now. That would actually make sense.

172 klys  Jun 2, 2014 10:35:48pm

re: #171 Gus

I’m surprised that KT isn’t siding with Sarah Palin now. That would actually make sense.

You mean that wasn’t the goal with the 47 articles about how Obama broke the law to release Bergdahl and that Bergdahl might be a deserter?

////

173 Kragar  Jun 2, 2014 10:36:15pm

re: #168 palomino

That’s hysterical. Mandy had to be one of the dumbest people ever to post here on a regular basis. I remember having a conversation with her about junk food. She really believed that Barack and Michelle were planning to close down fast food restaurants nationwide and take unhealthy foods off supermarket shelves.

I tried to explain to her that none of that was possible, politically or economically. It didn’t seem to matter. She had heard it somewhere, ODS had set in, and the use of reason was wasted on her.

Its on Obama’s “To Do” list, right after “Seize all the Guns” and “Achieve Godhood”.
///

174 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:37:27pm

Here. Let me link to Daily Beast. Oops. I’m an intellectual.

175 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 10:37:51pm

re: #169 Ding-an-sich Wannabe

[Embedded image]

Wow, that’s really wonderfully… inviting. Where is that?

176 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 10:38:48pm

re: #154 allegro

I know and I grieved her loss. She and Frankie played pretty big roles in my life as an almost-teenager during their heyday. In fact, I still refer to my summer vacations on the lake/beach in Michigan in the 60s as my Frankie and Annette days. They were truly glorious.

I was a toddler when Annette was a Mouseketeer. My parents told me that The Mickey Mouse Club was my favorite show then, though I remember nothing about it now. I do remember catching the Annette and Frankie movies on the 4:30 movie when I was older.

177 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:40:07pm

Stupid.

178 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:43:18pm

No! Wait! KT has one more thing to say!

179 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:43:35pm

Derp.

180 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:45:28pm

I know better! I iz from LGF and mah name is Killgore! Derp!

181 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:46:10pm

You need to give up KT. You’re like a total wingnut.

182 Mike Lamb  Jun 2, 2014 10:49:58pm

Tea Party: Bring home Bowe! Obama hates the troops! Bring home Bowe!

Obama: Ok. I’ll do it.

Tea Partier #1 (speaking in frantic hushed tones): He did it!

TP2: What in the fuck you mean he did it?

TP1: He brought home Bowe!

TP2: Seriously?!? How??

TP1: Prisoner exchange. Just like we said.

TP2: That dick! He’s not supposed to listen. I mean who the fuck actually listens to us?!?

TP1: So now what? Man, we are screwed…

TP2: Totes…hold on lemme think….

TP1: What’s that burning smell?

TP2: Shut up! I told you I was thinking…you know what happens when I think hard….by Rove, I’ve got it!

TP1: What?

TP2: Swift Boat him!

TP1: Again?!? This is, like, 5 times now. Won’t they catch on?

TP2: The media has the memory of a gold fish. I’ve got Tapper on speed dial. He’ll eat this up…

183 Gus  Jun 2, 2014 10:52:33pm

You’re a waste of my time KT. Tried to help you out but you’re still just like Walter. Later dude.

184 allegro  Jun 2, 2014 10:53:02pm

re: #176 wheat-dogghazi

I was a toddler when Annette was a Mouseketeer. My parents told me that The Mickey Moue Club was my favorite show then, though I remember nothing about it now. I do remember catching the Annette and Frankie movies on the 4:30 movie when I was older.

I remember watching the Mousketeers as a kid and being ‘meh’ about it. Foreman Scotty (from downtown Oklahoma City!) was more fun with Clutch Cargo and shit. Frankie and Annette defined and glorified the teenage experience - a much bigger deal - though Annette’s hair always freaked me out. Still does. Defines helmet head and why? On the beach? Put down the Aqua Net and back away, girl!

185 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 2, 2014 11:23:25pm

re: #184 allegro

I remember watching the Mousketeers as a kid and being ‘meh’ about it. Foreman Scotty (from downtown Oklahoma City!) was more fun with Clutch Cargo and shit. Frankie and Annette defined and glorified the teenage experience - a much bigger deal - though Annette’s hair always freaked me out. Still does. Defines helmet head and why? On the beach? Put down the Aqua Net and back away, girl!

’50s hairstyles were supposed to be immobile. Women used Aqua Net; men used Brylcreem.

Actors and actresses who go swimming never get their hair wet. It’s a Hollywood thing.

186 Kragar  Jun 2, 2014 11:23:36pm

re: #184 allegro

I remember watching the Mousketeers as a kid and being ‘meh’ about it. Foreman Scotty (from downtown Oklahoma City!) was more fun with Clutch Cargo and shit. Frankie and Annette defined and glorified the teenage experience - a much bigger deal - though Annette’s hair always freaked me out. Still does. Defines helmet head and why? On the beach? Put down the Aqua Net and back away, girl!

I find professionally happy people disturbing

187 Lidane  Jun 3, 2014 1:27:55am

re: #186 Kragar

I find professionally happy people disturbing

Youtube Video

188 freetoken  Jun 3, 2014 1:28:00am

So, I have a chance later today to vote for Orly Taitz.

I’m so tempted…

189 Tigger2  Jun 3, 2014 1:33:52am

re: #137 Shiplord Kirel

QFT. They are completely unfamiliar with current Taliban operations, conditions, and personnel. This could make them a security risk if they are re-admitted to the hierarchy, as seems likely given their propaganda value and their status as martyrs.

The leaders of the Taliban are going to be suspicious of them anyway, wondering if any of them has been turned while they were in Gitmo.

190 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 1:53:33am

Please don’t tell me this nut was going to try to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge?

FBI: Suspect Ryan Chamberlain arrested in S.F.

blog.sfgate.com

“Ryan Chamberlain, the San Francisco media consultant who became the focus of a manhunt after agents allegedly found explosives in his apartment, was arrested near Crissy Field on Monday evening, the FBI said.

“Chamberlain was taken to a police station and booked on suspicion of possessing explosives in violation of federal law, said a law enforcement source who asked not to be identified.

“A police bomb squad, meanwhile, used a robot mechanism to search his car.” More

191 Lidane  Jun 3, 2014 2:03:08am
192 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 2:23:08am

“This is the new normal.” Yet there are those who want the security secrets of the US exposed for the world to know about. As long as you are a part of a thriving, modern society you will have to make choices. I refuse to live in a “fuck you I’ve got mine” world because I’m not clever enough or unethical enough to live that kind of life where I take advantage of individuals as well as society itself. This is selfishness and greed personified by those who really don’t care who they hurt in the process, whether it’s stealing identities, money or state secrets.

U.S. disrupts major hacking, extortion ring; Russian charged

reuters.com

“Zeus is probably the most prolific and effective piece of malware discovered since 2006,” said Lance James, head of cyber-intelligence at consultancy Deloitte & Touche, which also helped authorities.

“Russia does not extradite accused criminals to other countries, so Bogachev may never be arrested. He was named as part of a new policy on aggressively exposing even those the United States has little hope of catching. The recent crackdown includes the indictment of five members of China’s People’s Liberation Army for alleged economic espionage, which prompted denials and an angry response from Chinese authorities.

“This is the new normal,” Robert Anderson, the top FBI official in charge of combating cyber crime said at a news conference announcing the Russian action.” More

Anyone feel safer online with smart-alecks like Snowden and Greenwald and the other pretentious Dudebros around? I mean, they want all your information to be free to whoever wants it. At least they don’t have to worry about their “hero” being extradited to the US because he knew exactly what he was doing, too, in winding up in Russia.

193 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 3:04:39am

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Times Reporter Over Refusal to Identify Source

nytimes.com

We should never allow the “rights” of a reporter to shield a criminal from prosecution or to interfere in the prosecution.

Would Risen protect anyone who came to him and admitted murder or any other major crime? Or if he knew a crime was going to be committed?

Even the lede in this story is not factually correct:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times facing jail for refusing to identify a confidential source.

Further down,

“But Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. hinted last week that the Justice Department might choose not to ask the trial judge to jail Mr. Risen for contempt should he refuse to testify.”

Being a part of the press does not mean you expose every single conversation, confession, or idea you hear from a source.

Additionally, one could draw a fine line and say that Mr. Risen was not acting in his capacity as a reporter for the NYT when he wrote his 2006 book in which this material was exposed. He was acting as an author in search of profit.

I had no love for the Bush admin, for Rumsfeld, Cheney, et all, and its overstepping and sometimes flagrant abuse of legal boundaries in reaction to 9/11, and the behavior and activities of the various actors in prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but to compromise the prosecution of someone who admitted his role in treasonous activities by invoking “journalistic privilege”, I draw the line.

194 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 3:39:17am

re: #191 Lidane

I’ve never understood the expression “Fuck you and the horse you rode in on”. The horse is just doing his thing. Feels like overfuck to me.

a more metaphoric expression for “fuck you and everything you stand for”.

196 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 3:44:22am

Morning!

Looks like there may have been a bit of an exorcism last night.

Outside that is the world still on its access? With all the blowup of Obama ‘ignoring’ the U.S. Constitution to get a P.O.W. back, I figure the Obama Coup may have happened last night. So, I looked out on the street to see if F.E.M.A. had dropped off my new home, but all I see are recycle containers, a little too small for me to move into.

I keep waiting.

/

197 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 4:04:16am

re: #195 Varek Raith

NRA Slams Media “Trick” Of Using The Word “Shooting” To Describe Mass Shooting
Yeah, that’s the ticket!

This comment from the comments section is brilliant:

All true patriots know that guns (or, more accurately, freedom delivery devices) emit freedom. the LIEberal media insists on ignoring this. When they say that someone like Elliot Rodgers was “stockpiling ammo”, they know this is a horrible leftist trick, when they should be saying he “stockpiled freedom.” The freedom to buy freedom delivery systems, load them with as much freedom as we want, and commit serial freedom delivery is something that cannot be tread upon.

LOLOL

198 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 4:14:45am

re: #195 Varek Raith

NRA Slams Media “Trick” Of Using The Word “Shooting” To Describe Mass Shooting
Yeah, that’s the ticket!

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

Guns don’t shoot; people do.

199 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 4:16:23am

Abraham Lincoln and JFK died because they had too much Freedom on their minds…

200 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 4:16:38am

I swear, I leave for four hours to do my teaching, and return to find the NRA has become dumber and more evil than ever.

201 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 4:39:09am

So it starts in earnest…

Bowe Bergdahl ‘broke that bond,’ says ex-platoon mate

Former Army sergeant Josh Korder, who served with in the same platoon with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, joins TODAY to discuss Bergdahl’s controversial release, and the soldiers he says lost their lives during those searches.

today.com

Expect a lot of piling on.

202 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 4:39:52am

Bergdahlazi!

203 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 4:42:32am

What a horrible human being:

204 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 3, 2014 4:46:10am

Looks like I went to bed last night at just the right time to avoid KT being KT.

205 A Mom Anon  Jun 3, 2014 4:49:05am

re: #203 Pie-onist Overlord

They all are. Horrible, disgusting, hateful liars who serve no other purpose but to perpetuate hatred. He’s part of a very long list of people who, and think about this, do this for a living.

If I were really wealthy and wanted to just throw some money around, I would hire private detectives to dig up all kinds of dirt on all of these assholes. From the blow dried morons on TV, the slimeballs on radio, the assholes on the internet. I’m willing to bet that those closets are so full of bones that you could never open a door without a few flying out.

206 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 4:51:03am

re: #205 A Mom Anon

I’m willing to bet that those closets are so full of bones that you could never open a the door without a few flying out.

Fixed that for you.

207 Amory Blaine  Jun 3, 2014 4:55:28am

re: #205 A Mom Anon

You don’t need a lot of money. Just get a common car, say a Camry and some snacks. Follow Bryan Fisher around for 3 days or so and you’ll end up out in front of a ladyboy massage parlor. Disposable camera pics. Walla!!

208 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 4:56:49am

re: #205 A Mom Anon

They all are. Horrible, disgusting, hateful liars who serve no other purpose but to perpetuate hatred. He’s part of a very long list of people who, and think about this, do this for a living.

If I were really wealthy and wanted to just throw some money around, I would hire private detectives to dig up all kinds of dirt on all of these assholes. From the blow dried morons on TV, the slimeballs on radio, the assholes on the internet. I’m willing to bet that those closets are so full of bones that you could never open a door without a few flying out.

I just wish someone would make a “Gay Bryan Fischer” spoof account. I would totally follow that. It would be fabulous!

209 Amory Blaine  Jun 3, 2014 4:58:36am

re: #208 Pie-onist Overlord

“Fischers Closet”

210 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:00:45am

What you are whining about, Matt Barber, is not slavery. It would be slavery if people were randomly kidnapped, chained to big ovens and forced to bake cakes all day and all night for no pay, and not being allowed to eat the cake.

Baking cakes and selling them to customers is business that operates in a public venue. Refusing to sell to a certain class of customer because you don’t approve of their marriage is discrimination.

211 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 5:06:25am

re: #209 Amory Blaine

“Fischers Closet”

“Fischer’s Man Freinds”

212 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 5:06:36am

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: ‘Like any American, he is innocent until proven guilty. Our Army’s leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred’ - statement via @NBCNews
End of alert

213 Amory Blaine  Jun 3, 2014 5:12:24am

Obama released 5 top level Taliban guys so it’s his fault forever after for every terrorist attack that happens.

214 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 5:13:30am

Even Godwald piles on…

215 A Mom Anon  Jun 3, 2014 5:15:07am

re: #207 Amory Blaine

Yeah, but I’d need a whole mess of those Camry drivers to do the job right. I wouldn’t expect anyone to do it for free. Wingnuts have no problem peering in windows at people’s countertops, why not turn the tables on them with actual truths about themselves?

But isn’t that stooping to their level you might ask? Maybe so. But you know, the reason we find ourselves here now is because there’s never, EVER been enough pushback. And now this pack of rabid wolverines (and I mean no offense to actual rabid wolverines) are digging around and making sure Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers are all over the television and using THEM as a means to their sickening ends. So, not only are they using Bergdahl and his family to add fuel to their hatred, they’re using his fellow soldiers too. How long before these guys end up on Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly or any of the rest of the asshole’s shows? You know the phone calls and research is happening right now, right?

I sometimes wonder just how fucking depraved it has to get before the general public vomits all over itself and gives up on this bullshit. It’s like that NY Post article full of bikini clad photos of the young woman who spurned the asshole who killed those people in CA a couple weeks ago. When SHE WAS ELEVEN. So they HAD to dig her current photos up and plaster them in print and online. Why? So she can fuel some more hate and be harassed? Because that’s what it looks like to any thinking human.

While the internet has been a blessing to people who love to read and find information, it’s also a curse that’s obvious in situations like these. Sure, we’ve always had hateful people among us, but being online simply brings out the worst in a lot of people and makes it really easy to be much nastier than you might be if you actually had to face the person/people you’re destroying with your hate.

216 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:15:29am

re: #214 Justanotherhuman

Even Godwald piles on…

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What a shithead.

People’s views change over time. They rethink previously held opinions when confronted with new evidence. It’s called maturity.

217 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:16:35am

ANSWER: NO. BECAUSE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE A RACIST & YOU ARE ALREADY A SEXIST.

218 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 5:18:45am

re: #217 Pie-onist Overlord

ANSWER: NO. BECAUSE YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE A RACIST & YOU ARE ALREADY A SEXIST.

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If Hillary runs in 2016 I will have to abandon my favorite pastime, namely political blogging, because the climate of political discourse will get even uglier. Right now it is still slightly below my gag threshold.

219 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:24:25am

Today’s wingnut talking point is the Bergdahl exchange was TO DISTRACT FROM TEH VA SCANDAL!!!!! AND BENGHAZI!!!1!!!!

220 A Mom Anon  Jun 3, 2014 5:25:25am

re: #218 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Yeah, I really wish there was someone else running who stood a chance of winning. Hillary is smart and I have no doubt she’d do a (mostly) good job in the office, but the bullshit that they’re just waiting to hurl around is going to be horrible and sad.

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

221 A Mom Anon  Jun 3, 2014 5:26:34am

Alright, I have to go mow some grass and do the weed trimming and all that stuff. BBL.

222 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 5:28:02am

re: #220 A Mom Anon

Yeah, I really wish there was someone else running who stood a chance of winning. Hillary is smart and I have no doubt she’d do a (mostly) good job in the office, but the bullshit that they’re just waiting to hurl around is going to be horrible and sad.

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

my sentiments exactly. it is gonna get sooooo ugly.

223 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:32:57am

re: #220 A Mom Anon

Yeah, I really wish there was someone else running who stood a chance of winning. Hillary is smart and I have no doubt she’d do a (mostly) good job in the office, but the bullshit that they’re just waiting to hurl around is going to be horrible and sad.

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

Not thrilled about Hillary but I’d vote for her in a heartbeat over anything the GOP pulls out of the garbage.

You know what, I think it’s going to be Jeb Bush (gag). He’ll be the last man standing after the tea party nutjobs eat each other.

224 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 5:35:27am

re: #220 A Mom Anon

Yeah, I really wish there was someone else running who stood a chance of winning. Hillary is smart and I have no doubt she’d do a (mostly) good job in the office, but the bullshit that they’re just waiting to hurl around is going to be horrible and sad.

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

Based on the current offering of the GOP, I’d say nobody.

Unless someone comes along pretty much out of nowhere between now and this time next year - when the 2016 campaign will begin in earnest - the GOP is looking at upgrading from clown car to clown 747. It’s the same old bunch of reactionaries, bigots, atavists and fools.

I suppose Jeb Bush could challenge Mrs. Clinton, but the reaction of the GOP base - and by that, I mean the wingnuts - would be tepid at best, and most likely, outright hostile to a Jeb Bush candidacy.

225 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 5:36:37am

re: #216 Pie-onist Overlord

What a shithead.

People’s views change over time. They rethink previously held opinions when confronted with new evidence. It’s called maturity.

Unfortunately, the age when that happens for many people rises higher and higher. Some never change at all, and some simply remain the most cynical opportunists.

227 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 5:38:16am

re: #224 Dr Lizardo

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

Based on the current offering of the GOP, I’d say nobody.

I think reference was made to the Democrats, there is nobody of any major profile stepping up to date, Elizabeth Warren is still seen as too inexperienced, and I cannot name anyone else who might even be considered at this point.

228 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:39:04am

re: #227 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

Based on the current offering of the GOP, I’d say nobody.

I think reference was made to the Democrats, there is nobody of any major profile stepping up to date, Elizabeth Warren is still seen as too inexperienced, and I cannot name anyone else who might even be considered at this point.

Joe Biden?

229 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 5:39:21am

re: #221 A Mom Anon

Alright, I have to go mow some grass and do the weed trimming and all that stuff. BBL.

Why the hell aren’t you shaking things up, traveling the world, dumping on your country and creating nothing out of thin air like so many others?

Inquiring idiots want to know. : )

230 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 5:40:56am
231 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 5:41:39am

re: #227 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

Based on the current offering of the GOP, I’d say nobody.

I think reference was made to the Democrats, there is nobody of any major profile stepping up to date, Elizabeth Warren is still seen as too inexperienced, and I cannot name anyone else who might even be considered at this point.

Within the Democratic Party, that’s hard to say. Perhaps VP Biden, and like you said, Elizabeth Warren is still seen as too inexperienced.

When it comes to the general election, D vs. R, I think most likely if Mrs. Clinton is the D candidate, she’ll walk away with it, and if Jeb Bush is her R opponent, the reason for his loss is easy to explain……the wingnuts will sit out the election.

232 Mattand  Jun 3, 2014 5:43:31am

re: #223 Pie-onist Overlord

Not thrilled about Hillary but I’d vote for her in a heartbeat over anything the GOP pulls out of the garbage.

You know what, I think it’s going to be Jeb Bush (gag). He’ll be the last man standing after the tea party nutjobs eat each other.

I’m almost wondering if we need a moratorium on someone running for POTUS if a family member had the job within 8 years of the current election.

If Hillary were to run and win, here’s the list of past Presidents:

1988: Bush Sr.
1992 Clinton
2000: Bush Jr.
2008: Obama
2016: Clinton (?)

Plus, Bush Sr. was Veep for 8 years prior to winning.

I know that oversimplifies things a bit, but POTUS-wise, America is in a rut.

And if 2016 turns into Clinton v Bush? Oy.

233 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 5:43:33am

re: #123 Eclectic Cyborg

But no Truck Nutz right?

I wanted to put those on the Smart Car.

234 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 5:43:41am

re: #231 Dr Lizardo

Within in the Democratic Party, that’s hard to say. Perhaps VP Biden, and like you said, Elizabeth Warren is still seen as too inexperienced.

When it comes to the general election, D vs. R, I think most likely if Mrs. Clinton is the D candidate, she’ll walk away with it, and if Jeb Bush is her R opponent, the reason for his loss is easy to explain……the wingnuts will sit out the election.

That is a recipe for disaster: either the wingnuts sit out the election because they do not find the GOP candidate “true conservative” enough for their tastes, or they get the candidate they want, which will drive everyone but a wingnut into the arms of the Democrats.

235 Mattand  Jun 3, 2014 5:49:04am

re: #234 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

That is a recipe for disaster: either the wingnuts sit out the election because they do not find the GOP candidate “true conservative” enough for their tastes, or they get the candidate they want, which will drive everyone but a wingnut into the arms of the Democrats.

Don’t count my esteemed Governor Christie out yet. Turns out he had lap band surgery and is noticeably smaller than he was. If he loses more weight and goes Full Metal Wingnut (as I’ve been predicting), he may have a shot.

Shed a few pounds and pick up a boatload of crazy: a winning combo!

236 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 5:49:44am

re: #233 darthstar

I wanted to put those on the Smart Car.

You can throw the Smart Car in the pickup, in case the truck breaks down.

237 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 5:49:48am

re: #234 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

That is a recipe for disaster: either the wingnuts sit out the election because they do not find the GOP candidate “true conservative” enough for their tastes, or they get the candidate they want, which will drive everyone but a wingnut into the arms of the Democrats.

Indeed; 2016 has all the potential to be an electoral debacle for the GOP. Add to that the longer-term problem the GOP is facing - a shrinking voter base - and 2016 could well up being the point where the GOP is no longer competitive on a national level.

That in turn will (hopefully) force the GOP leadership to do some serious soul-searching as to what kind of party that want to be going forward from the point. They will face a Hobson’s Choice - either ditch the wingnut base and try to build a new, more appealing base that reflects modern realities - a choice in which they can expect to lose a few election cycles while the new voter base is being constituted - or stick with their shrill, ever-more extreme wingnut base, and resign themselves to being a regional party in the Deep South and parts of the intermountain West.

238 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 5:50:19am

re: #231 Dr Lizardo

Within the Democratic Party, that’s hard to say. Perhaps VP Biden, and like you said, Elizabeth Warren is still seen as too inexperienced.

When it comes to the general election, D vs. R, I think most likely if Mrs. Clinton is the D candidate, she’ll walk away with it, and if Jeb Bush is her R opponent, the reason for his loss is easy to explain……the wingnuts will sit out the election.

Which comes back to a previous point: Sitting out an election because of poutrage is just another sign of immaturity.

Even in my most radical moments when younger, I always voted Democrat. I mean, I wasn’t going to vote for Nixon, Ford (a placeholder), Reagan or any other Republican. Carter may not have been a terrific choice, and I don’t agree with him on some things, but I didn’t think he was evil, either, just somewhat moralistic and a bit too Baptist.

239 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 5:50:33am

re: #216 Pie-onist Overlord

What a shithead.

People’s views change over time. They rethink previously held opinions when confronted with new evidence. It’s called maturity.

Add in the fact that being a Senator is one thing. Being a President with a recalcitrant congress that would probably blow the whole prisoner swap if told is another. So, he learned from Bush the best way to deal with it all and went with it.

240 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 5:53:21am

And, I’ll be back later.

241 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 5:55:41am

re: #239 ObserverArt

Add in the fact that being a Senator is one thing. Being a President with a recalcitrant congress that would probably blow the whole prisoner swap if told is another. So, he learned from Bush the best way to deal with it all and went with it.

Obama is a pragmatist. Given his experiences with this Congress, and the idiots serving on the intelligence committee (Bachmann. Really?), it wuld be better to pull out the C-in-C card and get ‘er done.

242 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 5:56:24am

re: #232 Mattand

I’m almost wondering if we need a moratorium on someone running for POTUS if a family member had the job within 8 years of the current election.

If Hillary were to run and win, here’s the list of past Presidents:

1988: Bush Sr.
1992 Clinton
2000: Bush Jr.
2008: Obama
2016: Clinton (?)

Plus, Bush Sr. was Veep for 8 years prior to winning.

I know that oversimplifies things a bit, but POTUS-wise, America is in a rut.

And if 2016 turns into Clinton v Bush? Oy.

I would rather see Joe Biden get the Dem nomination instead of Hillary.

243 kirkspencer  Jun 3, 2014 6:00:54am

re: #220 A Mom Anon

Yeah, I really wish there was someone else running who stood a chance of winning. Hillary is smart and I have no doubt she’d do a (mostly) good job in the office, but the bullshit that they’re just waiting to hurl around is going to be horrible and sad.

Thing is, I don’t know who could really challenge her and win. Sigh.

OK, quick reality check.

It does not matter who gets the Dem nomination, the Republicans will be throwing tons of horrible and sad bullshit. The difference between what we see with Hillary and what we see with this unknown other is that we already know the shape, color, and texture of most of what gets thrown at Hillary.

Once I realized that, I became a lot more comfortable with Hillary. I have other potential candidates I prefer, but I no longer cringe at the crap coming if it’s Hillary. (Well, no more than I cringe at the crap because a Democratic candidate is running.)

244 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 6:08:30am

re: #243 kirkspencer

I will admit that I don’t really like Hillary, but I cannot begin to imagine the GOP nominating anyone I could even think of voting for.

245 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 6:09:59am
246 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 6:13:50am

re: #244 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)

I will admit that I don’t really like Hillary, but I cannot begin to imagine the GOP nominating anyone I could even think of voting for.

Well, I admit to being a yellow dog Dem, but it’s only because after I became old enough to vote, only Dems actually offered me a choice of someone who would govern the country as a small “d” democrat, which is what I really am.

247 _RememberTonyC  Jun 3, 2014 6:19:36am

I know the President defended the Bergdahl swap saying “this is what happens when wars end.” True enough, but who said the war was ending? Just because we say it doesn’t make it so. I’ll bet the bad guys see the war as being quite unresolved. And this is a very big win for them. I just hope the drones are warming up and eventually get these five. That would be a great statement by the POTUS and show that we are not to be f’d with.

248 Mattand  Jun 3, 2014 6:23:13am

re: #247 _RememberTonyC

I know the President defended the Bergdahl swap saying “this is what happens when wars end.” True enough, but who said the war was ending? Just because we say it doesn’t make it so. I’ll bet the bad guys see the war as being quite unresolved. And this is a very big win for them. I just hope the drones are warming up and eventually get these five. That would be a great statement by the POTUS and show that we are not to be f’d with.

AMERICA!!!! FUCK YEAH!!!!

249 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 6:24:18am
250 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 6:24:58am
251 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 6:25:15am

Oh, I see. You were just “encouraging readers to learn about the” case. You’re totally non-partisan, disinterested. Whether he comes home or not was unimportant to you.

“Yes, I do an entire project encouraging readers to learn about the cases of Americans held abroad and help t.co
— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) June 3, 2014”

252 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 6:25:30am

Don’t close GITMO, leave it open for Glenn & Snowden.
//

253 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 6:28:05am

re: #249 Pie-onist Overlord

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He is so incensed about this that he actually wrote the piece himself at The Intercept.

Well, it has his byline on it.

254 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 6:28:44am

Signing statements are the lost of FReedom!!1 UnAmerican!1

255 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 6:30:17am

re: #253 Justanotherhuman

He is so incensed about this that he actually wrote the piece himself at The Intercept.

Well, it has his byline on it.

He probably already had a CLOSE GITMO NOW!!!!!! diatribe in the drawer and just took it out & put some lipstick on it.

256 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 6:30:40am
257 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 6:31:26am

re:
#203
Pie-onist Overlord

What a horrible human being

Yeah, him, the crew at PJ Media, Fox News. Just awful. No redeeming qualities.

258 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 6:32:51am

RT this > RT @bobbergdahl Please Sign The White House Petition to free Sgt Bowe Bergdahl Prisoner of War Afghanistan t.co
— Bridget Johnson (@Bridget_PJM) January 18, 2014

Now:

Oh that, just an indifferent, unimportant news item for readers to check out, maybe.

259 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 6:33:18am
260 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 6:35:48am

Signing Statements=Tyranny1!

261 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 6:37:17am
262 Romantic Heretic  Jun 3, 2014 6:37:29am

re: #168 palomino

I tried to explain to her that none of that was possible, politically or economically. It didn’t seem to matter. She had heard it somewhere, ODS had set in, and the use of reason was wasted on her.

I’ve been wondering recently if ODS would start appearing in the DSM. More likely it will be noted as a common type of paranoid psychosis.

263 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 6:38:40am

re: #247 _RememberTonyC

I know the President defended the Bergdahl swap saying “this is what happens when wars end.” True enough, but who said the war was ending? Just because we say it doesn’t make it so. I’ll bet the bad guys see the war as being quite unresolved. And this is a very big win for them. I just hope the drones are warming up and eventually get these five. That would be a great statement by the POTUS and show that we are not to be f’d with.

I’ve always wondered how we classify terrorists activities as war. I think it was the U.S. that declared it a war against terrorism, but did we ever really declare war in the classic sense?

Where are the front lines, what territory are we taking back or pushing an army out of, etc.? Is AQ or the Taliban an army or are they a terrorist group and a religious political party. No one stuck a flag in the ground or drew a line that was visible.

Americans do not understand terrorism, but they sure do understand the word war. So, war it was.

And I think we pay for that lack of definition. Everything is all messy with terrorist groups.

264 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 6:39:59am

re: #262 Romantic Heretic

I’ve been wondering recently if ODS would start appearing in the DSM. More likely it will be noted as a common type of paranoid psychosis.

HURR HURR U LIBTARDS HAD TEH BDS, HEAR IS 4 PHOTOS FROM A CODE PINK RALLY SHOWING MEAN POSTERS OF BUSH!!!!!

265 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 6:40:27am
266 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 6:42:02am

re: #245 darthstar

They forgot “whose your set?”
Local gang banger just before opening fire.

267 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 6:42:40am

re: #249 Pie-onist Overlord

OFFS. Difference between a deal to get a soldier back that is being held, and simply releasing detainees into the wilds? Greenwald necessarily glosses over the distinction.

The US has been trying to reduce the number of detainees and has released numerous detainees, but there are legal and logistical challenges that Greenwald thinks simply disappears with the Bergdahl deal?

Some detainees still need to be shifted over for trial/tribunals, and that should be expedited.

But there are some are considered to dangerous to be simply released and there are no countries to which they can be released to.

Even the Bergdahl deal isn’t entirely clear how the 5 will be monitored in Qatar to make sure they don’t rejoin the fight. It’s not like we’ve implanted tracker explosive chips and that if they go off the reservation, hasta la pasta, don’t get any on ya. We’ll have eyes on them, but how effective those will be isn’t clear. Some percentage of detainees released have returned to the fight.

268 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 6:44:21am

Scandalous-
Turnout for the California primary may sink below 20%, based on absentee projections.

Apathy wins.

269 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 6:45:03am

re: #265 darthstar

I once saw a fellow wearing a White Supremacist T-shirt with bad spelling on it, I resisted my urge to approach him with a marker and correct it for him…

270 GunstarGreen  Jun 3, 2014 6:45:51am

The American Right: we Support Our Troops™.

Unless supporting our troops means supporting the non-Republican president in any way whatsoever.

In that case? Fuck the troops.

271 makeitstop  Jun 3, 2014 6:45:58am

re: #201 Justanotherhuman

So it starts in earnest…

Bowe Bergdahl ‘broke that bond,’ says ex-platoon mate

Former Army sergeant Josh Korder, who served with in the same platoon with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, joins TODAY to discuss Bergdahl’s controversial release, and the soldiers he says lost their lives during those searches.

today.com

Expect a lot of piling on.

If Bergdahl is found to have deserted and is put on trial, I want to hear what these guys have to say under oath, as opposed to what they’re saying while chatting with Megyn Kelly.

272 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 6:49:03am

Wait, what?

273 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 6:50:02am

All this hoopla over Sgt Bergdahl boils down, essentially, to this, IMHO:

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

“The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

Now, if you ask me, the Constitution clearly states that as CiC, Pres Obama has the authority to arrange an exchange of prisoners as well as granting a reprieve or a pardon for any offenses which Sgt Bergdahl might have committed.

So everything else is purely political.

Am I being too literal here?

274 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 6:52:02am

re: #271 makeitstop

The Army has already indicated that they’re going to look at considering desertion charges against Bergdahl. IOW, they’re getting him home so that they can figure out what exactly happened, and if it’s desertion, he’s going to have gone from a cave to a prison cell. But not before telling exactly what he knows.

275 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 6:55:48am

re: #268 Rightwingconspirator

Scandalous-
Turnout for the California primary may sink below 20%, based on absentee projections.

Apathy wins.

But over 50% of those that do not vote will bitch up a storm on twitter, in comments on blogs and news sites and out in public.

I guess it’s just what American right you want to express. Bitch or Vote. Really though, you have no bitch if you don’t vote.

276 freetoken  Jun 3, 2014 6:56:38am
277 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 6:57:05am

re: #272 Pie-onist Overlord

Wait, what?

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Fine. Let’s send everyone left in Gitmo to Russia in exchange for Snowden.

278 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 6:57:27am
279 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 6:57:44am

re: #267 lawhawk

OFFS. Difference between a deal to get a soldier back that is being held, and simply releasing detainees into the wilds? Greenwald necessarily glosses over the distinction.

The US has been trying to reduce the number of detainees and has released numerous detainees, but there are legal and logistical challenges that Greenwald thinks simply disappears with the Bergdahl deal?

Some detainees still need to be shifted over for trial/tribunals, and that should be expedited.

But there are some are considered to dangerous to be simply released and there are no countries to which they can be released to.

Even the Bergdahl deal isn’t entirely clear how the 5 will be monitored in Qatar to make sure they don’t rejoin the fight. It’s not like we’ve implanted tracker explosive chips and that if they go off the reservation, hasta la pasta, don’t get any on ya. We’ll have eyes on them, but how effective those will be isn’t clear. Some percentage of detainees released have returned to the fight.

Which is why we still need agencies like the NSA…

280 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 6:57:49am

re: #256 darthstar

“… until the swap is actually made.”

/// :p

281 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 6:58:07am

re: #273 Justanotherhuman

There was a provision in the recent defense authorization bill that required a notification of Congress before a prisoner release. The administration says that they’ve let Congress know that talks had been pursued, but that the time of the essence prevented the 30 day notification as required.

Let the GOP hold their hearings. They’re going to get their soundbites, and it will come off as though the GOP doesn’t care about the troops - the optics will be pretty bad for slamming the president for making the deal to get Bergdahl home.

Where the GOP might have traction - is why Hagel was sounding a victory lap when the Army might be pursuing desertion charges against Bergdahl. There’s still a lot that has to be determined before we know what really happened and why. Do we really want to do a prisoner swap to get a guy we want to charge with desertion anyways? Could there have been fewer or less dangerous detainees that could have been swapped? Those are relevant questions, but also suppose that there was another alternative in the release.

We saw that with the Shalit exchange too - releasing hundreds of Palestinians, including those convicted of terrorism against Israel, in exchange for a single Israeli soldier. It’s a lopsided exchange, and the optics don’t look great, but it means the soldier comes home and the military gets to leave no one behind - as true for the US as for Israel.

After all, the whole POW/MIA effort in the US is to make sure all the service members return home. That’s true here as well.

282 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 6:58:38am

IT IS WORK YOU WOULD DO OTHERWISE.
MATT BARBER IS ANOTHER HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING.

283 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 7:00:04am

re: #273 Justanotherhuman

All this hoopla over Sgt Bergdahl boils down, essentially, to this, IMHO:

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

“The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”

Now, if you ask me, the Constitution clearly states that as CiC, Pres Obama has the authority to arrange an exchange of prisoners as well as granting a reprieve or a pardon for any offenses which Sgt Bergdahl might have committed.

So everything else is purely political.

Am I being too literal here?

MAybe a little bit. There’s the technicality of 30 days notice to congress but that seems a minor infraction. The possibility of a prisoner swap had been discussed publicly months ago, so it’s not like this was a secret. From what I’ve seen the White House can influence the military to forgo court martial but I think that’s unwise. Let the military do their thing, they aren’t going to throw him in prison but it’s likely they’ll give him short term care to help him readjust but if he’s guilty of desertion (or worse) it would be unfair to give him lifetime benefits, etc. I’d let the military handle the disciplinary issues.

284 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 7:00:14am

re: #272 Pie-onist Overlord

Wait, what?

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Wow. I went to his twitter page. I sometimes like to see these folks pictures of themselves. That young man is an anomaly. But hey..he has the hair!

285 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 7:00:26am

re: #267 lawhawk

OFFS. Difference between a deal to get a soldier back that is being held, and simply releasing detainees into the wilds? Greenwald necessarily glosses over the distinction.

The US has been trying to reduce the number of detainees and has released numerous detainees, but there are legal and logistical challenges that Greenwald thinks simply disappears with the Bergdahl deal?

Some detainees still need to be shifted over for trial/tribunals, and that should be expedited.

But there are some are considered to dangerous to be simply released and there are no countries to which they can be released to.

Even the Bergdahl deal isn’t entirely clear how the 5 will be monitored in Qatar to make sure they don’t rejoin the fight. It’s not like we’ve implanted tracker explosive chips and that if they go off the reservation, hasta la pasta, don’t get any on ya. We’ll have eyes on them, but how effective those will be isn’t clear. Some percentage of detainees released have returned to the fight.

Of course Greenwald is against even the idea of this. Because Snowden is simply a pawn to Putin that could be exchanged to the US for something Putin values more highly at any time.

286 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  Jun 3, 2014 7:00:49am

re: #283 Killgore Trout

Pro-tip: The President is Commander in Chief.

287 Roger S  Jun 3, 2014 7:02:10am

Nice find.

288 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 7:02:41am

re: #281 lawhawk

Refresh my memory: when was that bill passed? Could POTUS make the claim that negotiations involving this exchange were ongoing before the bill was done? They have made statements saying Congress had notification for some time about it, and if true, no one raised any objections that I’ve seen until now.

289 darthstar  Jun 3, 2014 7:03:13am

re: #286 Fairly Sure I’m Still Obdicut

Pro-tip: The President is Commander in Chief.

Funny. He doesn’t look like an Indian.

290 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 7:03:59am

hot off the press for the Greenwald fans: What Excuse Remains for Obama’s Failure to Close GITMO?

291 Romantic Heretic  Jun 3, 2014 7:04:11am

re: #247 _RememberTonyC

My feeling is that declaring ‘war’ on these guys has given them a cachet they don’t deserve. It raises a small number of assholes to the status of nation states. It makes it sound like they are an existential threat to The West.

They’re not. They got lucky once and compared to actual acts of war like, say, The Blitz or the Air War on Germany the casualties were rather small.

Declaring ‘War on Terror’ has probably made things worse. Al Qaeda and its associates were probably pleased as punch that they were so important. So more money, more recruits and more impetus to do nasty things. They might have withered on the vine if they had been treated as the murderous criminals they are rather than a deadly danger to ‘Our Way of Life’.

292 makeitstop  Jun 3, 2014 7:06:05am

re: #274 lawhawk

The Army has already indicated that they’re going to look at considering desertion charges against Bergdahl. IOW, they’re getting him home so that they can figure out what exactly happened, and if it’s desertion, he’s going to have gone from a cave to a prison cell. But not before telling exactly what he knows.

And I’m fine with that. Actions have consequences.

But every RWNJ in the country seems to have forgotten the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’

(Not that I’m telling you anything you don’t know here. This Swift Boating of Bergdahl is just really pissing me off this morning.)

293 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 7:07:12am

re: #291 Romantic Heretic

My feeling is that declaring ‘war’ on these guys has given them a cachet they don’t deserve. It raises a small number of assholes to the status of nation states. It makes it sound like they are an existential threat to The West.

They’re not. They got lucky once and compared to actual acts of war like, say, The Blitz or the Air War on Germany the casualties were rather small.

Declaring ‘War on Terror’ has probably made things worse. Al Qaeda and its associates were probably pleased as punch that they were so important. So more money, more recruits and more impetus to do nasty things. They might have withered on the vine if they had been treated as the murderous criminals they are rather than a deadly danger to ‘Our Way of Life’.

It was primarily for domestic consumption. Rally the citizenry ‘round to support the administration in its attempts to deal with the issue for the most part. But also hedging a bit for the same citizens to also potentially expect further shocks, or be expected to make some personal sacrifices, in order to deal with the threat as well. At the time there was no way to know whether or not Al Qaeda was going to pull off another damaging attack.

294 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:07:38am

What an embarrassing country.

295 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 7:07:55am

re: #288 Justanotherhuman

It was signed by the President on 12/26/2013. However, there was a signing statement made by the President that indicated that the 30 day notification was an unconstitutional infringement on the President to act as commander in chief of the military.

296 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 7:08:02am

re: #292 makeitstop

And I’m fine with that. Actions have consequences.

But every RWNJ in the country seems to have forgotten the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’

(Not that I’m telling you anything you don’t know here. This Swift Boating of Bergdahl is just really pissing me off this morning.)

That’s in a court of law. The court of public opinion for political purposes doesn’t give a shit about due process, or the truth.

297 Lancelot Link  Jun 3, 2014 7:09:57am

re: #268 Rightwingconspirator

Scandalous-
Turnout for the California primary may sink below 20%, based on absentee projections.

Apathy wins.

To be honest, it’s a very difficult election to get excited about.

298 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:10:02am
299 Romantic Heretic  Jun 3, 2014 7:10:22am

re: #263 ObserverArt

Americans do not understand terrorism, but they sure do understand the word war. So, war it was.

I’m of the opinion that it’s nearly impossible to get Americans to do things in concert unless there is a war. That’s why ‘War on Poverty’, ‘War on Terror’ etc.

It reminds me of a dysfunctional family sometimes. They’re always fighting with one another but outsiders don’t dare intervene because the family will react as one to the intrusion.

300 GunstarGreen  Jun 3, 2014 7:10:44am

re: #281 lawhawk

Let the GOP hold their hearings. They’re going to get their soundbites, and it will come off as though the GOP doesn’t care about the troops - the optics will be pretty bad for slamming the president for making the deal to get Bergdahl home.

The optics won’t matter. There are only two kinds of people where this issue is concerned. Normal, decent human beings who already know that Republicans are miserable backstabbing sons of bitches, and loathsome vermin that would protest the returning of one of our soldiers to try to get cheap shots in on a president they hate.

Via Jim over at Stonekettlestation:

The staggering hypocrisy of this becomes immediately apparent when you realize that the very same folks who would grant an unconditional pardon to the traitorous Edward Snowden, a man who provably and self-admittedly gave aid and comfort to our adversaries during time of war and who continues to do so to this very day, these same people would proclaim Snowden a hero and leave Bergdahl to die unlamented in a Taliban cave - solely because they despise Barack Obama and for no other reason.

For the last two years, these very same people have been screaming for Obama’s impeachment, because the President ordered the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American who publicly renounced his citizenship, declared his allegiance to our sworn enemies, and who then actively took up arms against the United States and loudly encouraged others to do so as well. These same people would sacrifice untold numbers of American soldiers to capture a self-declared terrorist and give him a trial because they simply cannot and will not acknowledge that the president did the right thing, but these very same people would condemn Bergdahl and leave him to rot in Afghanistan without so much as an Article 32 hearing, solely to further their blind hatred of Barack Obama.

For the last eighteen months these very same people have been screaming for Obama’s impeachment. Impeachment? Hell, some of these silly sons of bitches, including sitting members of Congress and members of the military, have marched on the White House demanding the actual overthrow of the United States government and the imprisonment or death of the President, because four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya. They are outraged, outraged beyond logic, beyond prudence, beyond reason, because they believe Obama didn’t do absolutely everything possible up to and including an armed military invasion to save those men. But these same people, these very same people, would leave an American soldier to die at the hands of the Taliban and they refuse to cheer his safe return, solely because they hate Barack Obama beyond all rational bounds and they will not allow this administration any victory no matter how small - even when they themselves have been condemning Obama for leaving an American serviceman in the hands of our enemies.

A few posts up, folks were talking about apathy winning out in the California primaries? This is why. This is a country where a non-zero percentage of people support this kind of obvious, craven bullshit. This is a country where a party that has continually shit all over Obama for not initiating a Rambo-style invasion of Benghazi to save four people, and are now shitting all over him for getting a soldier home, enjoys enthusiastic support from roughly half of the population (give or take). This is a diseased nation that is beyond saving. The sickness has spread to the heart, and there is no cure.

301 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 7:10:49am

re: #288 Justanotherhuman

Refresh my memory: when was that bill passed? Could POTUS make the claim that negotiations involving this exchange were ongoing before the bill was done? They have made statements saying Congress had notification for some time about it, and if true, no one raised any objections that I’ve seen until now.

Jan 3, 2014. Found it.

302 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 7:14:57am

re: #294 Gus

What an embarrassing country.

Yep. The big problem is our citizenry is many times too ignorant to know how full of shit we can be. Too full of themselves to be embarrassed, which often times is embarrassing in its own.

American shit doesn’t stink. And we don’t get around to flushing the toilet enough. I don’t think it has been flushed in years. Phew!

303 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 7:15:50am

re: #299 Romantic Heretic

I’m of the opinion that it’s nearly impossible to get Americans to do things in concert unless there is a war. That’s why ‘War on Poverty’, ‘War on Terror’ etc.

It reminds me of a dysfunctional family sometimes. They’re always fighting with one another but outsiders don’t dare intervene because the family will react as one to the intrusion.

That’s a bit of what Afghanistan and a lot of other nation-states are.

304 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:22:10am

I’ve mostly been lurking these last few days, but I’d have to imagine that any Taliban held in G Bay might have been fed the idea that tracking devices have been placed on their persons, and that the moment it appears that they have rejoined the enemy, a drone with their name on it will be shadowing them with a couple of Hellfires, likewise initialled.

This could even be a total bluff, a la Walter White in Breaking Bad’s final ep. It would not entail anything more than to suggest that over the course of the last decade, deep locator chips were places within the bones and that they would be a liability to their own comrades if it should transpire that they have returned to the fold as ‘some’ seem so concerned will happen.

It’s all a load of shit, this outrage. You guys got a lost man home. That he might have been lost on more than one account makes this all the more important.

305 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 7:23:03am

re: #295 lawhawk

It was signed by the President on 12/26/2013. However, there was a signing statement made by the President that indicated that the 30 day notification was an unconstitutional infringement on the President to act as commander in chief of the military.

A signing statement! Yet another example of the Usurper-in-Chief’s tyranny. Why, you’d never have seen George W. Bush issue a signing statement …

Wait. What?

Oh. Oh. Well, it was different then!

Benghazi!

306 makeitstop  Jun 3, 2014 7:23:28am

re: #287 Roger S

Nice find.

Belated welcome, Hatchling.

307 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 7:25:40am

re: #298 Gus

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The butthurt is very strong.

308 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:25:59am

Only in this administration would the freeing of an American POW be considered controversial. Seriously screw the right and their hate on Obama at all times mentality.

309 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:27:25am
310 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:29:12am
311 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 7:29:32am

re: #294 Gus

What an embarrassing country.

These people should be ashamed, as well as embarrassed. One of our soldiers was a prisoner of the Taliban. The president worked out a not-so original means of bringing the man home: swapping prisoners —a technique that goes back thousands of years. No blood was shed. No money exchanged hands. Our guy comes home, and the 5 prisoners cool their heels in Qatar for a year. We came out the winners in this deal.

Instead, they trash Obama, trash the soldier, and disgrace our nation in front of the entire world.

312 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:29:55am
313 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:31:31am
314 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:32:51am

When you realize the underlining factor behind a lot of hatred of Obama is, you just realize that there is literally nothing this President could do and they would still think lowly of him. And yes, I am talking about the president’s racial background.

315 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:33:18am

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316 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Jun 3, 2014 7:40:28am

re: #295 lawhawk

It was signed by the President on 12/26/2013. However, there was a signing statement made by the President that indicated that the 30 day notification was an unconstitutional infringement on the President to act as commander in chief of the military.

My thoughts exactly. That seems totally unconstitutional.

317 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:40:56am

I think it’s hilarious to see these “classical liberals” concern trolling about Obama “doing something” in Syria and saying things like “don’t let Iran win in Syria.” Because you know what they’ll turn around and say if Obama “did something” which would certainly involve military power. And to and end that would include an anti-American Islamist government. Not just these “classical liberals” but Republicans and RWNJs.

318 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 7:41:37am

I guess five years being held prisoner in a fucking cave in Afghanistan by the mutherfuckin Taliban won’t be enough to satisfy our legion of True American Patriots who will demand that he have his thumbs and big toes sliced off before sending him to Gitmo. And sending his father there with him if he doesn’t cut off his beard or if he speaks one more word of Afghan dialect.

319 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:42:04am

re: #294 Gus

I suck at links but I trust that via John Oliver’s new show ‘Last Week Tonight’, that you’re already acquainted with our PM.

Link from ‘The Age’,

Link

320 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:43:46am

re: #319 Alyosha

I suck at links but I trust that via John Oliver’s new show ‘Last Week Tonight’, that you’re already acquainted with our PM.

Link from ‘The Age’,

Link

Oh yeah. I’m familiar. Watched this one video of him and oh my god he’s such a weirdo. How on Earth did Australia end up voting that dip-shit into office?

321 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:45:11am

re: #319 Alyosha

I suck at links but I trust that via John Oliver’s new show ‘Last Week Tonight’, that you’re already acquainted with our PM.

Link from ‘The Age’,

Link

The fool makes me glad to say I’m glad that technically Queen Lizzie is our head of state.

Let that shit sink in…

322 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 7:45:13am

Past POWs and their fates, from the Korean War era, and the defectors who refused to come home, although most did, and being dishonorably discharged, could not face any charges. Most are deceased now.

The Korean War Prisoner Who Never Came Home

newyorker.com

List of American and British defectors in the Korean War

en.wikipedia.org

323 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:47:06am

re: #320 Gus

Oh yeah. I’m familiar. Watched this one video of him and oh my god he’s such a weirdo. How on Earth did Australia end up voting that dip-shit into office?

A shittily divided Labor party and, if I’m being honest, a woman PM.

The amount of ugly, superficial bullshit that surrounded her term is a national disgrace.

324 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:48:55am

They hate it when you bring up Bush. But they constantly bring up Carter and Civil War Democrats.

325 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:49:48am

The last two notorious segregationist Democrats, Dixiecrats, became Republicans after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed: Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

326 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:51:27am

re: #324 Gus

They hate it when you bring up Bush. But they constantly bring up Carter and Civil War Democrats.

I remember hearing somewhere that Jimmy Carter was ‘History’s Greatest Monster’.

327 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 7:51:37am

re: #325 Gus

The last two notorious segregationist Democrats, Dixiecrats, became Republicans after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed: Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

And they started drifting towards the GOP back when Truman was POTUS.

328 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 7:51:47am

A wingnut over at one of the boards I frequent has got it all figured out. Bergdahl’s gonna be brought home and all talk of desertion and collaboration charges quietly dropped so that the White House can keep the VA scandal out of the press for a few more days.

329 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:51:54am

Stop bringing up Bush! Always blaming Bush… But Carter, LBJ, Clinton, JFK blah, blah, blah.

330 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:52:17am

re: #324 Gus

They hate it when you bring up Bush. But they constantly bring up Carter and Civil War Democrats.

Seriously. The Bush administration is somehow ancient history but the actions of the Democratic Party during the Reconstruction should be used to judge contemporary Democrats. Good point below about the Dixiecrats becoming Republicans too. Thurmond in fact became one the year LBJ signed the CRA into law and the Republicans nominated an opponent of the act for president who shocker did his best in the parts of the country that needed the law the most.

331 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 7:52:18am

Hehehe. I have the Dan Patrick Show on NBCSports right now. I use it as background noise in the mornings. For those that don’t follow, that is Dan Patrick the sports commentator who has his morning radio/tv show and built his name and rep at ESPN.

Anyway, he just read an email from some secretary of a Baptist church in Texas chiding him to remove his campaign signs from their property left now for a week since the elections.

Uh, that would be Texas Senate member Dan Patrick who won the run-off for the Lieutenant Governor of Texas as the Republican candidate for this fall’s elections. Just a different guy altogether.

I think that would fall under some of the embarrassment Gus was talking about. Really…when you do a search it would help to know who you really are trying to find to contact. But that would require a bit of reading. Well, if they can read.

Praise be to Jesus…pass that woman a brain. I bet she voted for Texas Dan in the elections too.

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332 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:53:26am

re: #327 Feline Fearless Leader

And they started drifting towards the GOP back when Truman was POTUS.

Yep, desegregating the military is what made the Dixiecrats start to think they may not have a home anymore in the Democratic Party and people like my UN’s namesake, Hubert Humphrey who urged the Democratic Party to leave states rights and embrace human rights.

333 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 7:53:37am

What this means is that Big Coal & Koch Brothers will pass the cost on.

334 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 7:54:08am

re: #329 Gus

Stop bringing up Bush! Always blaming Bush… But Carter, LBJ, Clinton, JFK blah, blah, blah.

“Bush has been out of office for six years! Stop blaming him for everything! Besides, everybody knows by now that Clinton and Carter were responsible for the recession! 9/11? Clinton’s fault! Oil prices? Carter’s fault!”

335 blueraven  Jun 3, 2014 7:54:12am

re: #216 Pie-onist Overlord

What a shithead.

People’s views change over time. They rethink previously held opinions when confronted with new evidence. It’s called maturity.

From the WaPo article

Although he did not pledge to abstain from using signing statements, Obama said he would wield the power more judiciously.

George W. Bush used signing statements to challenge about 1,200 provisions of 172 laws he signed — twice as many as all his predecessors combined, Evans said.

As president, Obama has issued close to 30 signing statements; in the 2013 Defense Authorization Act alone, he challenged more than 20 sections of the law. Among the challenges have been assertions of his power to close Guantanamo Bay, for instance, and to disregard whistleblower protections.

Now, one can question his signing statements, but he never said he would not use them at all. It appears to me he has done what he said; use them more judiciously.

336 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 7:54:45am

re: #317 Gus

That’s why I am probably closer to neoliberalism (Keohane and Dye) than to neorealism (see Kenneth Waltz, Theory of International Politics, which was a response to Hans Morgenthau’s Politics Among Nations) at this point. There are ways nations can work towards goals, which can be to mutual benefit, but neorealism doesn’t address non-state actors on the international stage - eg failed states, terror groups, emerging groups, etc., which include the Taliban. Neorealism also doesn’t account for a group like the Taliban that had no problem siding with OBL in protecting him rather than giving him up, which most any other country would have done. A fusion of the two political theories would go a long way to explaining how nations/groups interact.

337 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 7:55:00am

Details about the conditions for the released Taliban have been scant but it looks like there aren’t many restrictions

The Gulf official said the Taliban men, who have been granted Qatari residency permits, will not be treated like prisoners while in Doha and no US officials will be involved in monitoring their movement while in the country.

“Under the deal they have to stay in Qatar for a year and then they will be allowed to travel outside the country… They can go back to Afghanistan if they want to,” the official said.

338 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 7:55:03am

re: #139 wheat-dogghazi

Technically, you’re only a martyr once you’re dead.

They can be martyr emeritus.

339 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 7:55:07am

re: #333 Pie-onist Overlord

What this means is that Big Coal & Koch Brothers will pass the cost on.

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What he means is that the tax will get passed on because most states allow one energy company to operate a monopoly within their borders and do little to restrain their ability to jack up rates on demand.

340 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:55:21am

Here’s what gets me about the right. They want to call those of us on the left multiculturalism enthuiasists or whatever since we don’t flip out at immigrants speaking a language other than English or we embrace diverse cultures impacting the US. Yet at the same time they want to call us the ideology of the Nazis and KKK. Sorry dumbnuts, you can’t have it both ways.

341 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 7:55:30am

re: #325 Gus

The last two notorious segregationist Democrats, Dixiecrats, became Republicans after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed: Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms.

HURR HURR ROBERT BYRD!!!! ROBERT BYRD!!!!!

342 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:55:53am

Great post btw, Gus. Reminds me of the kind of clip succession Jon Stewart might use to eviscerate the goldfish bullies trying to wrest America away from the sane.

Tortured metaphor, I know. The fuckers remember their duplicity just fine.

343 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 7:56:16am

re: #341 Pie-onist Overlord

HURR HURR ROBERT BYRD!!!! ROBERT BYRD!!!!!

How many of them know that the same Byrd was once considered by Nixon for a USSC position?

344 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 7:57:49am

re: #335 blueraven

From the WaPo article

Now, one can question his signing statements, but he never said he would not use them at all. It appears to me he has done what he said; use them more judiciously.

In other words: conservatively

345 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 7:58:01am

re: #338 Decatur Deb

They can be martyr emeritus.

Wouldn’t that be martyrs emeriti?

346 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 7:59:11am
347 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:00:14am

Stop bringing up George W. Bush! We all know that Osama bin Laden is Clinton’s fault!

348 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:01:35am

In a way Obama was the greatest thing ever to happen to the right. He’s someone for a new generation of wingnut assholes to blame everything on just like everything was Clinton and Carter’s fault in the past. That’s now Obama’s fault too.

349 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 8:01:42am

re: #347 Gus

Stop bringing up George W. Bush! We all know that Osama bin Laden is Clinton’s fault!

Yeah, the bitch failed to slay Reagan’s monster.

350 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:02:11am

Also! DKos posted something and it’s on the top of the recommended list!

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351 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 8:02:11am

ouch.
Hope everyone’s morning is better than this one.

352 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:02:35am

I really really hope that when Obama writes his memoir, he tears into these hateful bastards whose opposition to Obama has been motivated by one thing from the start. Raw hate.

353 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 8:03:00am

re: #345 Justanotherhuman

Wouldn’t that be martyrs emeriti?

Would work too, but thinking of it as a status rather than a plural noun.

354 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 8:03:37am
355 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:03:54am
356 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 8:04:00am

re: #352 HappyWarrior

I really really hope that when Obama writes his memoir, he tears into these hateful bastards whose opposition to Obama has been motivated by one thing from the start. Raw hate.

Obama’s revenge is HRC’s inauguration.

357 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:04:45am
358 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:07am

re: #356 Decatur Deb

Obama’s revenge is HRC’s inauguration.

I’d go a step forward and say his revenge will be their brand dying a painful death at the polls. Goes with what you’re saying though.

359 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:07am

re: #333 Pie-onist Overlord

360 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:16am

What this planet has is an asshole problem.

:(

nbcnews.com

361 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:44am

re: #350 Gus

Also! DKos posted something and it’s on the top of the recommended list!

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DailyKos is too busy with one of their routine fratricide fits right now to put anything on the rec. list that isn’t in their bellybutton.

362 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:45am
363 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:47am

re: #357 Gus

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It’s okay for Republicans to trash soldiers dontcha know.

364 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 8:05:48am

re: #360 Feline Fearless Leader

This planet needs an enema /The Joker

365 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:06:12am

re: #350 Gus

Also! DKos posted something and it’s on the top of the recommended list!

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I’m sure some newspaper in the UK has a column about the trojan horse letter, too.

366 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 8:06:17am

re: #364 lawhawk

This planet needs an enema /The Joker

Damn you, beat me to it!

367 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:07:22am

Only the fuckwads in the GOP would turn a rescue of an American POW into a political event where the said soldier has his love of country attacked. A man who volunteered for this country. Was held hostage by the Taliban and they want to trash this guy simply because they loathe the president who rescued him. I really thought i’d saw the worst of what they had to offer on the GOP these past five years but really we ain’t seen nothing yet.

368 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 8:07:32am

re: #352 HappyWarrior

I really really hope that when Obama writes his memoir, he tears into these hateful bastards whose opposition to Obama has been motivated by one thing from the start. Raw hate.

I haven’t read his other bios but I’m going to make a point of sticking around for his account of the White House years.

In years to come, it might make required reading for those studying the phenomenon of racism and its subtleties in the modern age.

Where even the head of state can suffer, causing the nation to suffer as a whole.

369 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 8:07:43am

re: #353 Decatur Deb

Would work too, but thinking of it as a status rather than a plural noun.

Oh damn, now I’ll be known as the Latin Nazi. : )

370 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:07:44am

re: #359 lawhawk

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Bing bing.

371 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 8:07:52am

re: #363 HappyWarrior

It’s okay for Republicans to trash soldiers dontcha know.

Just ask Tammy Duckworth

372 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:08:08am

A country that hates Muslims is trying to “help” the Middle East. Ain’t it grand?

373 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 8:08:27am

re: #362 Gus

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Giving it the old Swiftboat try again.

374 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:08:46am

re: #371 b.d.

Just ask Tammy Duckworth

Agh yeah that’s another example. Fucking Allan West and Joe Walsh.

375 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:09:07am

re: #373 Decatur Deb

Giving it the old Swiftboat try again.

That’s what this feels like.

376 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 8:09:19am

re: #362 Gus

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And not one of them spent 5 yrs as a prisoner of the Taliban.

Idiots.

377 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 8:09:22am

re: #364 lawhawk

This planet needs an enema /The Joker

A repeat of the Deccan Traps?

en.wikipedia.org

378 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 8:09:46am

re: #361 b.d.

DailyKos is too busy with one of their routine fratricide fits right now to put anything on the rec. list that isn’t in their bellybutton.

Yeah, they’re busy fighting the domestic culture wars and working to purge their ranks of icky moderates.

379 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:11:21am

re: #376 Justanotherhuman

And not one of them spent 5 yrs as a prisoner of the Taliban.

Idiots.

I would wager none of them have served in the military.

380 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:13:42am

Boom!

381 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:14:03am

Today is (primary) election day in the great state of Mississippi and all morning I’ve been bombarded with web ads imploring me to vote for the Tea Party guy in the senate race and “stand with Sarah Palin”.

382 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 8:14:09am

re: #360 Feline Fearless Leader

What this planet has is an asshole problem.

:(

nbcnews.com

Worse than if someone took a straight razor to Mona’s shapely cheek in many ways.

383 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:14:40am

re: #380 Gus

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Boom!

Does this really surprise anyone on here? This is what they do.

384 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:15:40am

re: #383 Eclectic Cyborg

Does this really surprise anyone on here? This is what they do.

Honestly? Yes.

385 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 8:16:02am

re: #381 Eclectic Cyborg

Today is (primary) election day in the great state of Mississippi and all morning I’ve been bombarded with web ads imploring me to vote for the Tea Party guy in the senate race and “stand with Sarah Palin”.

If the “establishment” GOP guy wins, what does that make the record for Sarah Palin endorsements?

And what would her record have to be before her endorsement is properly seen as a sort of “kiss of death”?
/

386 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:16:17am

re: #381 Eclectic Cyborg

Today is (primary) election day in the great state of Mississippi and all morning I’ve been bombarded with web ads imploring me to vote for the Tea Party guy in the senate race and “stand with Sarah Palin”.

If I had a chance to stand with her, I’d wear a shirt that says “I’m with stupid —->”

387 Ian G.  Jun 3, 2014 8:17:55am

re: #81 Gus

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Remember the cover-up?

I remember Pat Tillman. He was an atheist left-winger who opposed the Iraq War.

388 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:18:20am

I told my wife last night when she brought up the Bergdahl thing: I got as far as “GOP Expresses Outrage At”…

and stopped reading.

Instantly clear that they’re going to dredge up the same old blowhards to take positions 100% opposite the ones they took 12 months ago, find some people of questionable morality to smear anyone taking even a neutral view of the situation, and, of course, incessantly remind everyone that BENGHAZI.

It’s laughably simple, and horrifyingly effective with a certain segment of the population.

389 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:19:23am

Oh and I should also note, Today’s elections are the first to be held under my state’s brand spanking new Voter ID law.

Should be interesting.

390 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:20:47am

Also establishment guy and Tea Party guy have been polling within a few points of each other for the past couple of weeks. There will likely be no Mcconnell style drubbing here in MS.

391 makeitstop  Jun 3, 2014 8:20:55am

re: #371 b.d.

Just ask Tammy Duckworth

And John Kerry and Max Cleland.

392 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 8:21:54am

re: #387 Ian G.

I remember Pat Tillman. He was an atheist left-winger who opposed the Iraq War.

One of the posts at TPM noted that Bergdahl’s story prior to disappearance is sounding a lot like Tillman’s: Didn’t fit it in, expressed opposition to the war, had sympathy for the locals, and wrote letters home detailing how he disagreed with the war effort. Guess in this instance, his buddies didn’t have a chance to frag him before he disappeared.

393 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 8:22:31am

re: #388 iossarian

I told my wife last night when she brought up the Bergdahl thing: I got as far as “GOP Expresses Outrage At”…

and stopped reading.

Instantly clear that they’re going to dredge up the same old blowhards to take positions 100% opposite the ones they took 12 months ago, find some people of questionable morality to smear anyone taking even a neutral view of the situation, and, of course, incessantly remind everyone that BENGHAZI.

It’s laughably simple, and horrifyingly effective with a certain segment of the population.

It’s going to be interesting to poll some friends and people who I follow on FB to see if there is a last straw the GOP can trod on. They’re veterans and I do wonder whether or not the GOP can push them too far with their attacks. And whether that result can be the crack in the dam getting them to do a general re-evaluation of their monolithic GOP and anti-Obama support. (I suspect at best what will result is a sort of “pox on both their houses” followed by a withdrawl from electoral participation for a year or two.)

394 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:22:41am

re: #391 makeitstop

And John Kerry and Max Cleland.

And, John McCain.

395 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 8:23:18am

Oh, please, do continue the sexist stereotypes.

Google launches ‘Glass for women’ with new DVF collection

Summary: Google leans on the fashion world to bring a Glass collection that more women might want to wear.

zdnet.com

More like the Google Glass Bubble.

Google’s lead Glass designer, Isabelle Olsson:

“I gravitate towards feminine and minimal designs, so my favorite everyday style is the Shiny Ink frame with Charcoal Glass. I can’t wait to wear the Navigator shades in Orchid Mist on vacation in the South of France this summer and when I hit the ski slopes later this year,” she said.”

I wonder what leads Ms. Olsson to believe all women lead her lifestyle?

396 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 8:24:10am

re: #388 iossarian

I told my wife last night when she brought up the Bergdahl thing: I got as far as “GOP Expresses Outrage At”…

and stopped reading.

Instantly clear that they’re going to dredge up the same old blowhards to take positions 100% opposite the ones they took 12 months ago, find some people of questionable morality to smear anyone taking even a neutral view of the situation, and, of course, incessantly remind everyone that BENGHAZI.

It’s laughably simple, and horrifyingly effective with a certain segment of the population.

See my response to Gus about this thread in #6 above. I think it goes to what you are saying.

397 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 8:24:28am

FOR THE CRIME OF BPOTUSWB!!!!

398 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:25:53am

re: #396 ObserverArt

See my response to Gus about this thread in #6 above. I think it goes to what you are saying.

Yup, pretty accurate.

399 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:26:10am

“I gravitate towards feminine and minimal designs, so my favorite everyday style is the Shiny Ink frame with Charcoal Glass. I can’t wait to wear the Navigator shades in Orchid Mist on vacation in the South of France this summer and when I hit the ski slopes later this year,”

How do marketing copy writers live at night?

She’s talking about taking two big vacations this year while doing it with Google Glass…and here It thought Google was trying to make it appeal to MORE than just entitled types.

400 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 8:26:16am

re: #395 Justanotherhuman

Oh, please, do continue the sexist stereotypes.

Google launches ‘Glass for women’ with new DVF collection

Summary: Google leans on the fashion world to bring a Glass collection that more women might want to wear.

zdnet.com

More like the Google Glass Bubble.

Google’s lead Glass designer, Isabelle Olsson:

“I gravitate towards feminine and minimal designs, so my favorite everyday style is the Shiny Ink frame with Charcoal Glass. I can’t wait to wear the Navigator shades in Orchid Mist on vacation in the South of France this summer and when I hit the ski slopes later this year,” she said.”

I wonder what leads Ms. Olsson to believe all women lead her lifestyle?

The total lack of contact with any human beings not of the 0.01%?

401 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:26:39am

re: #397 Pie-onist Overlord

FOR THE CRIME OF BPOTUSWB!!!!

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I stopped reading when it says that Progressives view America with shame. No, you assholes, we unlike you believe our nation can and should be better. If you think that’s shame, you need a fucking dictionary since that’s the opposite of shame. That’s pride in our country that we don’t accept its shitty aspects like you do as a source of pride.

402 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:26:50am

re: #394 Gus

And, John McCain.

John McCain is a war veteran but he’s also a dickhead.

I don’t think there’s ever been a concerted effort by the Democratic party to cast aspersions on his service or dedication to his country.

403 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 8:26:52am

re: #392 Targetpractice

One of the posts at TPM noted that Bergdahl’s story prior to disappearance is sounding a lot like Tillman’s: Didn’t fit it in, expressed opposition to the war, had sympathy for the locals, and wrote letters home detailing how he disagreed with the war effort. Guess in this instance, his buddies didn’t have a chance to frag him before he disappeared.

In other words, he suffered from having a brain, a conscience and being a human.

That is always dangerous.

404 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:26:56am

re: #397 Pie-onist Overlord

Ok, I think my brain just died. Doesn’t the law ALREADY allow prosecution of the President?

405 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:27:55am

re: #402 iossarian

John McCain is a war veteran but he’s also a dickhead.

I don’t think there’s ever been a concerted effort by the Democratic party to cast aspersions on his service or dedication to his country.

I think Gus is actually talking about the inter-Republican party attacks on McCain. Most of the attacks I’ve seen on McCain’s service record come from fellow right wingers not Dems and lefties.

406 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:28:03am

re: #401 HappyWarrior

I stopped reading when it says that Progressives view America with shame. No, you assholes, we unlike you believe our nation can and should be better. If you think that’s shame, you need a fucking dictionary since that’s the opposite of shame. That’s pride in our country that we don’t accept its shitty aspects like you do as a source of pride.

It’s just projection, as usual.

407 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 8:28:04am

re: #404 Eclectic Cyborg

Ok, I think my brain just died. Doesn’t the law ALREADY allow prosecution of the President?

If he has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, but BPOTUSWB is not a high crime of a misdemeanor.

408 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:28:11am

re: #402 iossarian

John McCain is a war veteran but he’s also a dickhead.

I don’t think there’s ever been a concerted effort by the Democratic party to cast aspersions on his service or dedication to his country.

It was Republicans.

409 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:28:38am

re: #405 HappyWarrior

I think Gus is actually talking about the inter-Republican party attacks on McCain. Most of the attacks I’ve seen on McCain’s service record come from fellow right wingers not Dems and lefties.

Yep.

410 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:28:39am

re: #408 Gus

It was Republicans.

Did you hear that John McCain had a half black child out of wedlock!//

411 Skip Intro  Jun 3, 2014 8:29:11am

re: #400 Pie-onist Overlord

The total lack of contact with any human beings not of the 0.01%?

I can’t wait to wear the Navigator shades in Orchid Mist on vacation in the South of France this summer and when I hit the ski slopes later this year,” she said.”

I hope Google has implemented the tree/rock avoidance feature by then.

412 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:29:22am

re: #403 ObserverArt

In other words, he suffered from having a brain, a conscience and being a human.

That is always dangerous.

The trick in an organization like the military, but really any organization, is to get far enough up the tree to be able to safely deploy your brain/humanity.

413 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:29:39am

re: #408 Gus

It was Republicans.

Carry on then!

414 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:29:45am

re: #410 HappyWarrior

Did you hear that John McCain had a half black child out of wedlock!//

Spilled the beans to the North Vietnamese!

415 Alyosha  Jun 3, 2014 8:30:00am

re: #395 Justanotherhuman

Oh, please, do continue the sexist stereotypes.

Google launches ‘Glass for women’ with new DVF collection

Summary: Google leans on the fashion world to bring a Glass collection that more women might want to wear.

zdnet.com

More like the Google Glass Bubble.

Google’s lead Glass designer, Isabelle Olsson:

“I gravitate towards feminine and minimal designs, so my favorite everyday style is the Shiny Ink frame with Charcoal Glass. I can’t wait to wear the Navigator shades in Orchid Mist on vacation in the South of France this summer and when I hit the ski slopes later this year,” she said.”

I wonder what leads Ms. Olsson to believe all women lead her lifestyle?

I’m going to hang out for Google Glass Invisible, so people aren’t alerted to the fact I’m an unlikeable dick bereft of redeeming features.

416 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 8:30:11am

re: #402 iossarian

John McCain is a war veteran but he’s also a dickhead.

I don’t think there’s ever been a concerted effort by the Democratic party to cast aspersions on his service or dedication to his country.

Back in ‘08, there was some dark muttering going around that some fellow POWs had accused him of collaborating with his captors for better treatment. But I also remember a lot of prominent Democrats and leaders on the Left putting the kibosh on that pretty quick, saying that we would not win the election by questioning the man’s time as a POW. Even if we didn’t consider him a hero, we had to at least respect his service to this country.

417 Ian G.  Jun 3, 2014 8:30:59am

re: #392 Targetpractice

One of the posts at TPM noted that Bergdahl’s story prior to disappearance is sounding a lot like Tillman’s: Didn’t fit it in, expressed opposition to the war, had sympathy for the locals, and wrote letters home detailing how he disagreed with the war effort. Guess in this instance, his buddies didn’t have a chance to frag him before he disappeared.

Sympathy for the locals, you say? Gosh, we can’t have that in a counterinsurgency, can we? Best to keep running children over with Humvees.

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418 Mike Lamb  Jun 3, 2014 8:31:01am

GOP: Bergdahl is a distraction from the VA! We have to cancel the VA hearings, and schedule ones about Bergdahl!

419 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:31:26am

I mean I admit, I don’t like McCain and lost a ton of respect for him but for anyone to attack his time during a POW is completely crass. If you want to attack McCain for being a crass political opportunist. I’m the first one in line but what he endured under the NVA is something that no one should cheapen. And of course, that’s exactly what McCain’s fellow Republicans have gone after him for.

420 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 8:31:39am

re: #418 Mike Lamb

GOP: Bergdahl is a distraction from the VA! We have to cancel the VA hearings, and schedule ones about Bergdahl!

But the VA is a distraction from BENGHAZI!!!

421 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 8:32:19am

re: #418 Mike Lamb

GOP: Bergdahl is a distraction from the VA! We have to cancel the VA hearings, and schedule ones about Bergdahl!

Which is all a coordinated attempt to keep us from looking at the birth certificate!

422 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 8:33:14am

re: #412 iossarian

The trick in an organization like the military, but really any organization, is to get far enough up the tree to be able to safely deploy your brain/humanity.

Now that is a succinct statement.

423 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:33:32am

re: #416 Targetpractice

Back in ‘08, there was some dark muttering going around that some fellow POWs had accused him of collaborating with his captors for better treatment. But I also remember a lot of prominent Democrats and leaders on the Left putting the kibosh on that pretty quick, saying that we would not win the election by questioning the man’s time as a POW. Even if we didn’t consider him a hero, we had to at least respect his service to this country.

I think the Kerry experience in a way helped with that. Not that I think the Democratic machine would have done it if Kerry hadn’t been the nominee in 2004 but I think the Kerry experience showed a lot of high ranking Democrats that the right would attack one’s military service if they felt it was justified. And the Dems while they’re not saints obviously know that’s a low blow and instead went after McCain’s lack of political scruples.

424 calochortus  Jun 3, 2014 8:34:05am

re: #399 Eclectic Cyborg

“I gravitate towards feminine and minimal designs, so my favorite everyday style is the Shiny Ink frame with Charcoal Glass. I can’t wait to wear the Navigator shades in Orchid Mist on vacation in the South of France this summer and when I hit the ski slopes later this year,”

How do marketing copy writers live at night?

She’s talking about taking two big vacations this year while doing it with Google Glass…and here It thought Google was trying to make it appeal to MORE than just entitled types.

The point is that you and I can’t (or won’t) be in the south of France this summer, but we can pretend we will by buying an item that is cheaper than that vacation to show we really are one of the cool kids.

425 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:36:06am

re: #424 calochortus

The point is that you and I can’t (or won’t) be in the south of France this summer, but we can pretend we will by buying an item that is cheaper than that vacation to show we really are one of the cool kids.

The reward-processing section of my rodent brain just lit up!

426 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:36:16am

Of course as someone who is pretty familiar with Kerry’s biography and time in the Navy, it annoyed me how the media and subsequently Joe Public would focus on the Swift Boat Vets but never the guys who served directly with Kerry who had good things to say about him as an officer and ignored that many of the same Swift Boat Vets who appeared in the ads against him had supported him in his past runs for office. Hell Zell Miller who savagely attacked Kerry at that year’s RNC had as recently as a few years prior spoken highly of Kerry.

427 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 8:36:33am

re: #362 Gus

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Update-worthy.

Good Page article.

428 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:37:07am

I still find Google Glass creepy. I’m not even sure I could ever use it, do you have to be able to see in 3-D?

429 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 8:37:48am

Another TPM poster points out that the one soldier quoted by the NYT griping about how they had to drop everything and look for Bergdahl if they got a tip sounds like an overzealous commander who didn’t want to have it on his record that he’d lost a man due to desertion.

430 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 8:37:51am

Prosecute Obama’s minions

Which ones?

All of them!

For what crime?

Tyranny!

Can you identify some examples?

All of them!

431 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:38:08am

re: #395 Justanotherhuman

Ms Olsson sounds like some of the hoity-toity prep school kids I went to college with, oh so casually talking about their weekend in the Bahamas or the spring break in the Seychelles or dropping in on daddy in Paris.

Not that I ever wanted Google Glass, but she just clinched the deal. Never ever do I want Google Glass, in any color, in any style. Thanks very much.

432 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 8:38:34am

re: #390 Eclectic Cyborg

Also establishment guy and Tea Party guy have been polling within a few points of each other for the past couple of weeks. There will likely be no Mcconnell style drubbing here in MS.

433 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:38:38am

re: #430 Bulworth

Prosecute Obama’s minions

Which ones?

All of them!

For what crime?

Tyranny!

Can you identify some examples?

All of them!

That’s not a case. You’re just being a hateful asshole.
Stop calling me racist, libtard!

434 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:39:27am

re: #432 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Sad but true. Cochran may be a more personally decent human being than McDaniel is too but ideologically both these guys are rotten.

435 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 8:43:05am

re: #431 wheat-dogghazi

Ms Olsson sounds like some of the hoity-toity prep school kids I went to college with, oh so casually talking about their weekend in the Bahamas or the spring break in the Seychelles or dropping in on daddy in Paris.

Not that I ever wanted Google Glass, but she just clinched the deal. Never ever do I want Google Glass, in any color, in any style. Thanks very much.

These are the kind of women we in the Second Wave knew would sell us down the river the first chance they got. See: Republican and Libertarian women.

436 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 8:44:32am
437 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 8:45:18am

re: #434 HappyWarrior

Sad but true. Cochran may be a more personally decent human being than McDaniel is too but ideologically both these guys are rotten.

It was like the McConnell/Bevin choice I had in the Kentucky R primary. Icky vs Icky.

438 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:45:39am

re: #435 Justanotherhuman

These are the kind of women we in the Second Wave knew would sell us down the river the first chance they got. See: Republican and Libertarian women.

Oh, believe me, I know the type. Besides my college experiences, I taught at a private high school for a long while. Fortunately, not all our parents were like that.

439 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:45:45am

re: #436 Gus

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FUCK YOU, COFFEE!!!

There, it’s angry now. And so it will get me more riled up when I drink it.

440 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 8:46:11am

re: #436 Gus

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That’s some hard-hitting analysis there…

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441 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 8:47:13am

re: #436 Gus

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Vox Thinks You Can Make a Stupid Opinion Interesting by Attributing It to a Celebrity

442 calochortus  Jun 3, 2014 8:48:23am

re: #435 Justanotherhuman

These are the kind of women we in the Second Wave knew would sell us down the river the first chance they got. See: Republican and Libertarian women.

This isn’t unique to women-and no worse than celebs announcing whose designer clothes they’re wearing. I’m sure someone out there is busily figuring out how to play to men’s insecurities that can be fixed with Google Glass as well. (Maybe Google Glass-and-assault-rifle combo?/)

Personally, I view one of the great gifts that either my genes or my family background gave me is that I figured out at about 16 that I was never going to be a world famous celebrity-and that I was probably happier that way. I’m not terribly interested in trying to impress the world with Who I Am.

443 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 8:48:24am

re: #415 Alyosha

I’m going to hang out for Google Glass Invisible, so people aren’t alerted to the fact I’m an unlikeable dick bereft of redeeming features.

She can scan her lolcat collection while she does the black slopes at Cortina.

444 makeitstop  Jun 3, 2014 8:48:39am

re: #436 Gus

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She’s so weird.

445 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:49:03am

re: #437 Backwoods_Sleuth

It was like the McConnell/Bevin choice I had in the Kentucky R primary. Icky vs Icky.

I empathize. We had something similar in Va-10. Establishment nut versus TP nut who believes that Downs Syndrome is God punishing women for abortion. Asshole may want a talk with my great grandmother about that.

446 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 8:51:40am

re: #429 Targetpractice

Another TPM poster points out that the one soldier quoted by the NYT griping about how they had to drop everything and look for Bergdahl if they got a tip sounds like an overzealous commander who didn’t want to have it on his record that he’d lost a man due to desertion.

Trigger Warning: Possible MBF
I’m willing to give Berdahl some slack. We don’t know what he’s been through but we do know it’s been very difficult. However it does seem he was at least careless and possibly stupidly reckless and his actions may have contributed to his own predicament. I’ll give the same slack to his fellow soldiers. Some of them may be overstating their case but Bergdahl’s capture (and possible desertion) was a big pain in their ass and put a lot of people at risk. Military discipline is there for good reason. It’s dangerous work and reckless decisions in the battle field can get people killed. I won’t begrudge the soldiers he left behind for grumbling. They have a right. Like everything else these days this situation has devolved into a partisan pissing contest.

447 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:51:55am

re: #443 Decatur Deb

She can scan her lolcat collection while she does the black slopes at Cortina.

Or automatically identify all the Russian oligarchs in the cheesy apres-ski club.

448 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 8:52:17am
449 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 8:52:28am
450 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:53:30am

re: #449 lawhawk

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HE’S PRACTICALLY A MOOSLEM

451 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 8:53:56am

re: #436 Gus

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Hmmm, I kind of stopped checking Vox the past couple weeks. Looking at their front page it looks like I haven’t missed much. Shame, I was hoping for more out of them.

452 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:54:11am

Whenever I think I’ve plumbed the depths of Republican shittiness, they do something even shittier, just to confound me.

453 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 8:54:18am

re: #448 Backwoods_Sleuth

Arizonans very welcoming and witty, but it’s a dry wit.

better than getting the dry heaves!

454 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 8:54:37am

re: #449 lawhawk

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FNC in short. Grieving father who grows a beard in solidarity with POW son= Taliban. Redneck duck whistle business owner who thinks homosexuality is like bestiality= American patriot.

455 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 8:55:00am

re: #436 Gus

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When happens when you post mean comments about it on Teh Internets?

456 calochortus  Jun 3, 2014 8:55:00am

re: #449 lawhawk

Didn’t he grow the beard in order to feel closer to his son during his captivity? I think it’s a bit odd, but I would never, ever, EVER criticize a harmless oddity that helps a parent deal with 5 freaking years of uncertainty about their child’s fate.

457 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 8:55:07am

re: #449 lawhawk

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He also looks like a Duck Dynasty reject, what’s their point?

458 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:56:11am

re: #457 Eclectic Cyborg

He also looks like a Duck Dynasty reject, what’s your point?

Or a ZZ Top fan.

459 Skip Intro  Jun 3, 2014 8:57:28am

re: #419 HappyWarrior

I mean I admit, I don’t like McCain and lost a ton of respect for him but for anyone to attack his time during a POW is completely crass. If you want to attack McCain for being a crass political opportunist. I’m the first one in line but what he endured under the NVA is something that no one should cheapen. And of course, that’s exactly what McCain’s fellow Republicans have gone after him for.

Rush Limbaugh - who else? - did a non-stop run of vicious attacks on McCain when he was running against Limbaugh’s guy, C minus Augustus. Did it daily for months on end.

460 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 8:58:27am

BBL

461 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 8:58:30am

re: #458 wheat-dogghazi

Do not mess with Billy and Dusty. They are… sharp dressed men.

Youtube Video

462 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 8:59:01am

re: #446 Killgore Trout

Trigger Warning: Possible MBF
I’m willing to give Berdahl some slack. We don’t know what he’s been through but we do know it’s been very difficult. However it does seem he was at least careless and possibly stupidly reckless and his actions may have contributed to his own predicament. I’ll give the same slack to his fellow soldiers. Some of them may be overstating their case but Bergdahl’s capture (and possible desertion) was a big pain in their ass and put a lot of people at risk. Military discipline is there for good reason. It’s dangerous work and reckless decisions in the battle field can get people killed. I won’t begrudge the soldiers he left behind for grumbling. They have a right. Like everything else these days this situation has devolved into a partisan pissing contest.

Well Killgore, unless and until he either faces a court-martial or is sent home without word, I’ve no word either way as to whether he deserted or not. What I do have are a bunch of his “buddies” who, either because he didn’t fit in or because they hold a grudge towards their superiors, are taking it out on him. I’ve no doubt that the talk his being a deserter started as barracks talk, the guys who didn’t like him to begin with floating it as an excuse for his capture. And until there’s any hard evidence otherwise, that’s all I consider it.

463 wheat-dogghazi  Jun 3, 2014 8:59:41am

re: #461 lawhawk

Do not mess with Billy and Dusty. They are… sharp dressed men.

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I’ve been a fan for years.

464 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:00:14am

re: #459 Skip Intro

Rush Limbaugh - who else? - did a non-stop run of vicious attacks on McCain when he was running against Limbaugh’s guy, C minus Augustus. Did it daily for months on end.

Yeah Limbaugh often is behind some of the more nasty attacks you’ll see. Not surprised. The man’s a professional shit peddler.

465 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 9:00:57am
466 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 9:01:24am

Someone get out the tiny violins.

Gun Activists Cut Up NRA Member Cards Over Criticism Of AR-15s In Restaurants

In response to the NRA’s statement on Friday criticizing Texas activists’ recent tactics, members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas have been cutting up their NRA membership cards, and the group has issued a statement demanding a retraction of the NRA’s “disgusting and disrespectful comments.” Or else.

467 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:01:35am
468 Amory Blaine  Jun 3, 2014 9:02:09am

Injecting the idea that armed forces members have a “worthiness factor” for rescue is a terrible precedent. I hope there are enough cool heads left in the party to hold the jackals back because they’re playing with fire on this.

469 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 9:03:39am

re: #468 Amory Blaine

Injecting the idea that armed forces members have a “worthiness factor” for rescue is a terrible precedent. I hope there are enough cool heads left in the party to hold the jackals back because they’re playing with fire on this.

Like I told some wingnut acquaintances, whether he’s a deserter or a hero, getting him back was a necessary job. If he’s the former, then it’s to court-martial his ass for violating the UCMJ. If it’s the latter, then it’s to bring him home. Either way, leaving him to rot was not an option.

470 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 9:07:27am
471 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:07:44am

re: #469 Targetpractice

Like I told some wingnut acquaintances, whether he’s a deserter or a hero, getting him back was a necessary job. If he’s the former, then it’s to court-martial his ass for violating the UCMJ. If it’s the latter, then it’s to bring him home. Either way, leaving him to rot was not an option.

Exactly. And it greatly annoys me to see all these keyboard soldiers attacking his honor.

472 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:07:52am

EPA Head Says Significant Changes Possible in Carbon Plan

bloomberg.com

“Texas alone will account for a quarter of the total U.S. reductions, with a cut of 39 percent over the next 15 years if the EPA’s proposed rule is adopted. Kentucky and other coal-dependent states like West Virginia and North Dakota face requirements of less than half that.

“Once achieved, the plan would mean the U.S. had cut emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels, according to an administration fact sheet released yesterday.

“McCarthy today said she regretted that 30 percent was highlighted as a target, saying it’s not a goal of the plan but an estimate of what the EPA thinks can be achieved. ” More

473 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 9:07:55am

re: #466 Backwoods_Sleuth

Someone get out the tiny violins.

Gun Activists Cut Up NRA Member Cards Over Criticism Of AR-15s In Restaurants

The open carry people are deliberately blind to the consequences of their actions.

474 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 9:08:07am

Janie you are a horrible human being.
When I pointed out that Janie has never worked a day in her life, just hung out at the country club, she was all HURR HURR UR A COMMUNIST!!!!!!

475 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 9:09:38am

re: #473 Rightwingconspirator

The open carry people are deliberately blind to the consequences of their actions.

And they don’t care one bit that they are making it impossible for those of us who are responsible gunowners.

476 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:10:25am

re: #474 Pie-onist Overlord

Janie you are a horrible human being.
When I pointed out that Janie has never worked a day in her life, just hung out at the country club, she was all HURR HURR UR A COMMUNIST!!!!!!

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It’s straw man bullshit anyhow. Really no one outside die hard communists expects income equality. What we do and should expect is that everyone get the same chance and people like Janie want to deny that by getting rid of policies that allow for that.

477 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 9:11:07am

re: #446 Killgore Trout

Trigger Warning: Possible MBF
I’m willing to give Berdahl some slack. We don’t know what he’s been through but we do know it’s been very difficult. However it does seem he was at least careless and possibly stupidly reckless and his actions may have contributed to his own predicament. I’ll give the same slack to his fellow soldiers. Some of them may be overstating their case but Bergdahl’s capture (and possible desertion) was a big pain in their ass and put a lot of people at risk. Military discipline is there for good reason. It’s dangerous work and reckless decisions in the battle field can get people killed. I won’t begrudge the soldiers he left behind for grumbling. They have a right. Like everything else these days this situation has devolved into a partisan pissing contest.

I disagree. I think Joshua Cornelison and Cody Full are way out of line having a Republican handler and former associate of noted wingnut John Bolton set up interviews with certain outlets to smear their former comrade. Way out of line. They may have a right to do it, but it’s still wrong.

478 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:11:27am

re: #466 Backwoods_Sleuth

Someone get out the tiny violins.

Gun Activists Cut Up NRA Member Cards Over Criticism Of AR-15s In Restaurants

Have it your way guys. You’re kooky even to the NRA. Maybe you should reconsider why you need a loaded AR-15 when you’re having your baby back ribs.

479 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:12:28am

Damn country feels insane sometimes.

480 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 9:12:36am

Privacy and driver-less cars are tough goals to resolve.. After all by nature that car transmits all the details of travel. Hmm.

n the aftermath of the NSA spying revelations, our society is struggling to equip itself with the laws and public understanding necessary to deal with the spread of technology into every corner of our lives.

Self-driving cars are one place we can start to get it right. They provide yet another example of the challenges to autonomy and freedom brought by technology, and have the potential to bring the debate home for people who don’t feel as concerned by privacy issues related to email and laptops.

On Tuesday, Google unveiled a proper self-driving car, with no steering wheel, no brakes, no pedals. Google expects these no-hands-on-wheel cars to hit the roads in 2017 and it is up to us to craft the laws and policies that will govern their use. Such decisions cannot be left for tomorrow. As Google’s working prototype reveals, the robocars of the future are here. And because people have a long history of projecting personal freedom and autonomy onto automobiles, they will have an innate understanding of the stakes.

wired.com

481 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 9:13:11am

I just can’t understand someone WHO NEVER HAD A JOB thinking she got where she is by “hard work.”

482 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 9:13:41am
483 calochortus  Jun 3, 2014 9:13:42am

re: #481 Pie-onist Overlord

I just can’t understand someone WHO NEVER HAD A JOB thinking she got where she is by “hard work.”

You think it’s easy to be born into the right family?
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484 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:15:09am

re: #480 Rightwingconspirator

Privacy and driver-less cars are tough goals to resolve.. After all by nature that car transmits all the details of travel. Hmm.

wired.com

The laws aren’t up to something like this yet.

485 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 9:15:18am

re: #477 wrenchwench

What the soldiers motives and circumstances were, I have no idea. And neither does anyone blogging with outrage. I gotta think a US soldier could only expect the worst from the Taliban if taken. But I don’t know a darn thing except he was gone and now he is home.

I just can’t generate any outrage over a sweet homecoming.

486 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:15:54am

re: #481 Pie-onist Overlord

I just can’t understand someone WHO NEVER HAD A JOB thinking she got where she is by “hard work.”

Well do well to remember the candidate who said he earned his money the old fashioned way- HE INHERITED IT. People like this are the best argument against the peerage system that exists in the UK and a House of Lords type body where you get in just because your great great great great grandpa may have been an important person.

487 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 9:16:16am

re: #484 Justanotherhuman

The laws aren’t up to something like this yet.

Yeah let’s not do this backwards. Get the rules straight then deploy the cars.

488 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:16:19am

re: #477 wrenchwench

I disagree. I think Joshua Cornelison and Cody Full are way out of line having a Republican handler and former associate of noted wingnut John Bolton set up interviews with certain outlets to smear their former comrade. Way out of line. They may have a right to do it, but it’s still wrong.

489 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 9:17:21am
490 Skip Intro  Jun 3, 2014 9:18:01am

re: #474 Pie-onist Overlord

Thanks to you I did look at her Twitter feed.

Your Janie posts here don’t do her viciousness/ignorance justice. She could be another Palin.

491 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 9:18:25am

re: #485 Rightwingconspirator

What the soldiers motives and circumstances were, I have no idea. And neither does anyone blogging with outrage. I gotta think a US soldier could only expect the worst from the Taliban if taken. But I don’t know a darn thing except he was gone and now he is home.

I just can’t generate any outrage over a sweet homecoming.

My outrage is for those trying to sour his homecoming.

I wonder when he’ll actually reach Idaho? Some people are genuinely looking forward to seeing him.

492 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:18:40am

re: #489 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Sigh yep.

493 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 9:19:40am

re: #488 Gus

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You mean, Grenell is getting some exposure over this?

My shocked face…..

494 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 9:20:19am

re: #489 Backwoods_Sleuth

mmmmmmm, bread

495 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:20:35am

re: #493 wrenchwench

You mean, Grenell is getting some exposure over this?

My shocked face…..

Probably hoping to get another job on a GOP candidate’s team and hoping to use this as his trump card against those who will attack his sexuality because he sees himself as a loyal team player to the Team Right Wing Douchehat.

496 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:20:48am

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s timeline for release will ‘continue to be based on the pace of his healing and reintegration process’ - statement via @NBCNews
End of alert

If Sgt Bergdahl is suffering any psychiatric symptoms, what is happening with his detractors here in the US seems even more cruel.

497 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:21:23am

re: #494 b.d.

mmmmmmm, bread

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Ever heard of leverage Bill? Not every Soviet POW died in Nazi captivity either.

498 Eventual Carrion  Jun 3, 2014 9:22:03am

re: #229 Justanotherhuman

Why the hell aren’t you shaking things up, traveling the world, dumping on your country and creating nothing out of thin air like so many others?

Inquiring idiots want to know. : )

There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

499 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 9:22:17am

GOP: Bergdahl Deal is Obama’s ‘Willie Horton Moment’ Even Though Bush Released More Detainees

Yes, the Republican leadership went there. Back in 2012, when a deal to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American POW held by the Taliban for five years, was first on the table, Republicans reportedly described the idea as President Obama’s “Willie Horton moment.”

500 calochortus  Jun 3, 2014 9:22:59am

re: #496 Justanotherhuman

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s timeline for release will ‘continue to be based on the pace of his healing and reintegration process’ - statement via @NBCNews
End of alert

If Sgt Bergdahl is suffering any psychiatric symptoms, what is happening with his detractors here in the US seems even more cruel.

Cruel is a feature not a bug to some people.

How could he not have some psychiatric problems? I’m sure he needs time to adjust-I don’t think he’ll even see his parents until the end of the week.

501 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 9:23:35am

Some of you may recall when my brother-in-law died recently after a long battle with lung cancer.
My sister has been sorting through things and ran across a gift he gave her a few years ago:
carousel horse

She never knew until yesterday that he had put a message on the bottom of the base.

Message from beyond

502 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:23:39am

re: #499 Varek Raith

GOP: Bergdahl Deal is Obama’s ‘Willie Horton Moment’ Even Though Bush Released More Detainees

Fuckers. Really fuck them and I’m getting to the point where I say screw all their apologists too.

504 Semper Fi  Jun 3, 2014 9:24:18am

re: #449 lawhawk

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In closer media views of Bergdahl and his Mom, to me, he looks older than her. Maybe its the beard though I’d like to see a photo of him with it off. I can see keeping it on for the present, recently released from captivity, purpose though.

505 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:24:24am

re: #500 calochortus

Cruel is a feature not a bug to some people.

How could he not have some psychiatric problems? I’m sure he needs time to adjust-I don’t think he’ll even see his parents until the end of the week.

It’s going to be a long process for him even without the hateful assholes calling him a traitor.

506 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:25:28am

re: #503 Varek Raith

Fox trashes father of returning POW: Find a razor; you ‘look like a member of the Taliban’

Ok, enough of that.

Good afternoon.

Gee did they tell that to Phil Robertson and his family? Or is their venom only reserved for fathers grieving their POW sons? Really FNC is doing its very best to resemble some of the worst propaganda machines this world has ever seen.

507 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 9:26:57am

Even if he was a deserter, as a Vet I still want him back on US soil. Let the investigation determine his status. The “war” is winding down, POWs must be returned. The 5 prisoners that we returned were listed as POWs. They were not facing any criminal charges in military or civilian courts.

508 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:27:25am
509 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 9:27:39am

I’m willing to trade Steve Stockman for the guy in Mexico. I’d even throw in Louis Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

510 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 9:28:07am

re:
#489
Backwoods_Sleuth

Oh, that hashtag has been around a long time, since about, oh, Saturday. It’s completely unrelated to RWNJ contempt of the president.

//

511 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 9:28:43am

re: #509 Pie-onist Overlord

I’m willing to trade Steve Stockman for the guy in Mexico. I’d even throw in Louis Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

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And Bieber!

512 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 9:28:50am

I wished I could grow a beard like that.
XD

513 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 9:29:09am

I wonder if there are any other fathers or mothers looking at Bob Bergdahl’s efforts to learn about his son’s captors, including learning their languages, and thinking, ‘There’s something I could have done.’

514 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:29:14am

Post 9/11 America: Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims.

515 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:29:34am

Pentagon on reports that 5 Guantanamo detainees transferred in Bergdahl deal will have freedom of movement in Qatar: ‘Secretary Hagel determined that this transfer was in the national interest. He is comfortable with the security assurances we received from the Qatari government’ - @NBCNews
End of alert

516 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:29:49am

Okay, so Obama gets the man behind the 9/11 attacks. RWers accuse him of being too happy about it or demand to see the photos or grumble because the body wasn’t brought home so it could be desecrated.

He’s able to return a missing POW home. And they accuse him of serving the Taliban’s interests and attack the soldier’s integrity and the father’s because the father zomg grew a beard in solidarity with his son.

You know, I used to think that the right in this country were merely people I disagreed with and could probably co-exist with but it’s really getting hard to when you see the shit that’s being thrown at Sgt. Bergdahl and by extension President Obama. I really want to believe that I can like and respect someone my political opposite but many of these right wing assholes make my faith in my fellow Americans trying.

517 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 9:30:09am

re: #509 Pie-onist Overlord

I’m willing to trade Steve Stockman for the guy in Mexico. I’d even throw in Louis Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

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I like to think of that account as parody.

518 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:30:22am
519 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 9:30:27am

re: #511 Eclectic Cyborg

And Bieber!

We can save Bieber for when somebody accidentally drives into Canada with a bunch of guns.

520 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 9:31:07am

I’m willing to trade five Obama administration members to Mexico to get back Sgt. Tahmooressi.
— Rep. Steve Stockman

There’s not much anyone can do now to convince me that Stockman isn’t just a living breathing parody of himself and the conservative movement.

521 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  Jun 3, 2014 9:31:10am

re: #514 Gus

Post 9/11 America: Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims. Muslims.

But don’t actually, y’know, learn shit about Muslims. Obsess about them and still get confused about what exactly these here “Sufi” fellahs are.

You know who learns about Islam and Muslims? Muslims!

522 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:31:10am

re: #518 Gus

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Modern Conservatism for you.

523 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:31:13am
524 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:31:36am

Wait. So now wingnuts are going to use home schooling against him?

525 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 9:32:02am

re: #524 Gus

Wait. So now wingnuts are going to use home schooling against him?

*Scratches head*

526 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 9:32:07am

re: #436 Gus

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She is such a tender flower.

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527 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 9:32:08am

re: #517 wrenchwench

I like to think of that account as parody.

c’mon! there’s a golden opportunity for someone here!

528 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 9:32:34am
529 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 9:32:44am

re: #436 Gus

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I’d go out of mind married to someone like Gwyneth Paltrow.

530 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:33:25am

re: #527 b.d.

c’mon! there’s a golden opportunity for someone here!

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Qualifications: Experience in writing absurd bullshit attacks.

531 Amory Blaine  Jun 3, 2014 9:33:32am

GOP Strategists Arranged Interviews With Angry Members Of Bergdahl’s Platoon

Platoon members said Sergeant Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was known as bookish and filled with romantic notions that some found odd.
“He wouldn’t drink beer or eat barbecue and hang out with the other 20-year-olds,” Cody Full, another member of Sergeant Bergdahl’s platoon, said in an interview on Monday also arranged by Republican strategists. “He was always in his bunk. He ordered Rosetta Stone for all the languages there, learning Dari and Arabic and Pashto.”

Considered him odd because he wanted to learn instead of swill beer. Also, I thought beer was forbidden?

532 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 9:34:06am
533 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:34:06am

Richard Grenell is a sleaze bag.

534 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 9:34:28am

I don’t drink.
THE HORROR!1!ty

535 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:35:32am

re: #534 Varek Raith

I don’t drink.
THE HORROR!1!ty

You know who also didn’t drink!

536 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 9:35:34am

Why is it that people think of beards they don’t automatically associate with Hasidic Juice?

What are we chopped liver?

537 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 9:35:39am

Also;
Fuck you water!
Get a job!
;)

538 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 9:35:48am

re:
#523
Gus

That Andrea Mitchell, really on the ball. Great reporting. Can’t get that just anywhere, you know.

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539 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:36:17am

re: #509 Pie-onist Overlord

I’m willing to trade Steve Stockman for the guy in Mexico. I’d even throw in Louis Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

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Well, we know he’s probably a conservative now, though cuz he talked to Greta and his mother talked to Alyssa Lafage and Wayne Dupree.

newsninja2012.com

540 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:36:59am

re: #531 Amory Blaine

GOP Strategists Arranged Interviews With Angry Members Of Bergdahl’s Platoon

Considered him odd because he wanted to learn instead of swill beer. Also, I thought beer was forbidden?

Yeah what an asshole, he was learning the language of the country of where we were deployed and not drinking cheap beer like he could if he were at home. Man, I don’t want to sound too harsh since these guys did serve but their criticisms of him are really pathetic.

541 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 9:37:13am

re: #481 Pie-onist Overlord

I just can’t understand someone WHO NEVER HAD A JOB thinking she got where she is by “hard work.”

Swimming in a vault of money is hard work.

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542 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:37:18am
543 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:37:46am
544 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:38:01am

Yeesh. What a bunch of scumbags.

545 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 9:38:02am

re: #534 Varek Raith

I don’t drink.
THE HORROR!1!ty

I don’t drink… enough.

546 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 9:38:07am

re: #541 Dr Lizardo

Swimming in a vault of money is hard work.

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Youtube Video

547 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:39:13am

Cynic in me thinks Grenell is trying to score brownie points to get another GOP campaign job. The optimist in me thinks he’s just a sleazebag who does what Bolton associated sleazebags do worst.

548 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 9:41:19am
549 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 9:41:29am

re: #540 HappyWarrior

Yeah what an asshole, he was learning the language of the country of where we were deployed and not drinking cheap beer like he could if he were at home. Man, I don’t want to sound too harsh since these guys did serve but their criticisms of him are really pathetic.

Their criticism of him seems to be all but saying aloud “He was a secret Muslim!” Not drinking beer or eating BBQ, sympathizing with the locals, AND learning their languages? The guy was a Taliban in training!!!

550 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:41:29am

re: #524 Gus

Wait. So now wingnuts are going to use home schooling against him?

Well, the Hastings article I read said that his parents started out as ski bums who went to Idaho and settled in. They’re also strict Calvinists.

“Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, on March 28th, 1986 - the same day as Lady Gaga, as his parents like to point out. Bob and Jani had moved to Idaho from California after college, building a small, two-­bedroom home on 40 acres of farmland not far from the small town of Hailey, deep in the mountains of Wood River Valley. His father worked construction, his mother odd jobs, living the life of ski bums, nearly off the grid. In 1983, the year Bowe’s older sister Sky was born, his parents pulled in $7,000 and paid off the hospital bills for her birth with weekly $20 deposits.

“Rather than put their kids in the local school system, Jani and Bob home-schooled Bowe and his sister. Devout Calvinists, they taught the children for six hours a day, instructing them in religious thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. “Ethics and morality would be constant verbiage in our conversations,” his father recalls. “Bowe was definitely instilled with truth. He was very philosophical about perceiving ethics.”

Read more: rollingstone.com
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551 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:42:19am

re: #549 Targetpractice

Their criticism of him seems to be all but saying aloud “He was a secret Muslim!” Not drinking beer or eating BBQ, sympathizing with the locals, AND learning their languages? The guy was a Taliban in training!!!

It’s nasty and Grenell is a pathetic slimebag for facilitating this.

552 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:44:14am

re: #550 Justanotherhuman

Well, the Hastings article I read said that his parents started out as ski bums who went to Idaho and settled in. They’re also strict Calvinists.

“Bowe Robert Bergdahl was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, on March 28th, 1986 - the same day as Lady Gaga, as his parents like to point out. Bob and Jani had moved to Idaho from California after college, building a small, two-­bedroom home on 40 acres of farmland not far from the small town of Hailey, deep in the mountains of Wood River Valley. His father worked construction, his mother odd jobs, living the life of ski bums, nearly off the grid. In 1983, the year Bowe’s older sister Sky was born, his parents pulled in $7,000 and paid off the hospital bills for her birth with weekly $20 deposits.

“Rather than put their kids in the local school system, Jani and Bob home-schooled Bowe and his sister. Devout Calvinists, they taught the children for six hours a day, instructing them in religious thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine. “Ethics and morality would be constant verbiage in our conversations,” his father recalls. “Bowe was definitely instilled with truth. He was very philosophical about perceiving ethics.”

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They seem like the kind of people that conservatives would normally see as pillars. You know, moving from blue California to red Idaho, home-schooling their kids heavily in religious philosophy, etc but they were part of something that’s making Obama look like a decent leader so smear campaign aho!

553 Mike Lamb  Jun 3, 2014 9:44:23am

re: #509 Pie-onist Overlord

I’m willing to trade Steve Stockman for the guy in Mexico. I’d even throw in Louis Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

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I’m willing to trade Stockman for some country’s spent nuclear waste…

554 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:45:04am
555 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:45:05am

re: #553 Mike Lamb

I’m willing to trade Stockman for some country’s spent nuclear waste…

I’d trade Stockman for an Imam’s falafel recipe.

556 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:45:19am
557 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:46:40am

re: #552 HappyWarrior

They seem like the kind of people that conservatives would normally see as pillars. You know, moving from blue California to red Idaho, home-schooling their kids heavily in religious philosophy, etc but they were part of something that’s making Obama look like a decent leader so smear campaign aho!

Yes, you’d think they’d see them as rugged All-American types the RW endorses, wouldn’t you? For all we know, they might even vote Republican. : )

558 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 9:47:09am
My hatemail this morning is AWESOME.

More at Jim Wright’s FB page:
facebook.com

559 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:47:22am

You know though even though unlike Bergdahl, I do drink and enjoy eating BBQ, I can relate to him a little. The whole being a more quiet reserved type among more outgoing types. The scholarly type versus the more jockish type.

560 Mike Lamb  Jun 3, 2014 9:47:43am

re: #555 HappyWarrior

I’d trade Stockman for an Imam’s falafel recipe.

That’s far, far too good of deal. No one would go for that. Frankly, my deal was a bit too rosy—an ongoing, mobile Superfund site for some spent nuclear waste that we can stash somewhere? WINNING…

561 makeitstop  Jun 3, 2014 9:47:54am

re: #524 Gus

Wait. So now wingnuts are going to use home schooling against him?

You can almost hear their logic folding in upon itself.

562 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:48:18am
563 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 9:48:27am

re: #561 makeitstop

You can almost hear their logic folding in upon itself.

Derpception?

564 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 9:48:47am

re:
#550
justanotherhuman

Strict Calvinists…homeschooled…St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine…live in conservative Idaho….good grief. How much more evidence do you need that this family is a bunch of liberal hippy anti-Americans??

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565 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Jun 3, 2014 9:49:23am

Calvibans!

566 allegro  Jun 3, 2014 9:49:36am

re: #557 Justanotherhuman

For all we know, they might even vote Republican. : )

Probably not anymore.

567 calochortus  Jun 3, 2014 9:50:00am

re: #557 Justanotherhuman

Yes, you’d think they’d see them as rugged All-American types the RW endorses, wouldn’t you? For all we know, they might even vote Republican. : )

Yeah, except for the part about actually reading philosophy. That tends to lead to actual thought. Dangerous intellectuals.
/

568 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:50:22am

So are conservatives now going to try to say his heavy education in religion made him sympathetic to Islam and learning about it?

569 Mike Lamb  Jun 3, 2014 9:50:52am

re: #561 makeitstop

You can almost hear their logic folding in upon itself.

Once the illogical thinking reaches critical mass, the logic star collapses upon itself and forms a White Derp. A teaspoon of material from a White Derp is the equivalent of 3 tons of derp on earth. As it continues to collapse, no logic can escape its gravitational pull. Occasionally, the White Derp emits streams of derp-rays that burns all logic in its path.

570 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:51:14am
571 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 9:51:45am

Thomas Aquinas and Augustine?

Holy shit.

572 Mike Lamb  Jun 3, 2014 9:52:36am

re: #570 Gus

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Didn’t you hear? Bush was a closet liberal.

573 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:52:55am

re: #570 Gus

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It’s not about the deal, it’s about who made the deal and we all know it.

574 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 9:53:53am

re:
#469
Mike Lamb

Once the illogical thinking reaches critical mass, the logic star collapses upon itself and forms a White Derp.

A very serious situation..

575 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 9:55:16am

Hey. Mitt Romney found a way to dodge the draft and avoid the Vietnam war.

576 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 9:55:24am

re: #491 wrenchwench

My outrage is for those trying to sour his homecoming.

I wonder when he’ll actually reach Idaho? Some people are genuinely looking forward to seeing him.

Wishful thinking-Watch one of these champions of outrage at Obama explain that in person the Bergdahls family. I just have a hunch the prisoner exchanged outraged would have a black eye in short order.

577 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:55:29am

re: #560 Mike Lamb

That’s far, far too good of deal. No one would go for that. Frankly, my deal was a bit too rosy—an ongoing, mobile Superfund site for some spent nuclear waste that we can stash somewhere? WINNING…

Ha true but I do need a good falafel recipe. I still eat way too much meat.

578 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 9:55:29am

With the wingnuts spewing their venom regarding the release of Bowe Bergdahl, I really can’t find the words to express the utter disgust in which I hold these so-called ‘patriots’, a collection of the most abominable vermin and filth to have ever slithered into the spotlight of the American political scene in my life.

I’ll let Joseph Welch doing the speaking for me, in his retort to the vile and contemptible Senator Joseph McCarthy on June 9th, 1954.

Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into my firm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us. Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true he is still with Hale and Dorr. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale and Dorr. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think I am a gentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.

Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers Guild. Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

579 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:56:21am

re: #575 Gus

Hey. Mitt Romney found a way to dodge the draft and avoid the Vietnam war.

He was doing his patriotic duty eating baguettes and talking to mademoiselles.

580 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:57:52am

re: #578 Dr Lizardo

With the wingnuts spewing their venom regarding the release of Bowe Bergdahl, I really can’t find the words to express the utter disgust in which I hold these so-called ‘patriots’, a collection of the most abominable vermin and filth to have ever slithered into the spotlight of the American political scene in my life.

I’ll let Joseph Welch doing the speaking for me, in his retort to the vile and contemptible Senator Joseph McCarthy on June 9th, 1954.

You keep on thinking that maybe they’ll finally outdo themselves but they end up showing that they can’t. Peak wingnut in the 50’s was calling Eisenhower and Marshall closet Communist agents. Peak wingnut in the 2010’s is claiming a man’s beard makes him a Taliban member or sympathizer.

581 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 9:58:08am

re: #570 Gus

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Eventually, Gitmo is going to have to be cleared out. It may be a difficult task, rife with political and ethical difficulties, but we can’t keep it open indefinitely while we wait for those housed there to die of old age. Either we release them or we put them on trial. Anything else is setting a precedent that we will not want visited upon us if we ever get in a shooting war with somebody who isn’t living in a cave.

582 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 9:58:42am

re: #454 HappyWarrior

FNC in short. Grieving father who grows a beard in solidarity with POW son= Taliban. Redneck duck whistle business owner who thinks homosexuality is like bestiality= American patriot.

You forgot to put (fake) in front of “redneck”.

583 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 9:59:07am

re: #582 Feline Fearless Leader

You forgot to put (fake) in front of “redneck”.

Heh indeed.

584 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:00:06am
585 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:00:24am

re: #577 HappyWarrior

Ha true but I do need a good falafel recipe. I still eat way too much meat.

I added some taco seasoning mix and minced jalapeno to my last batch of falafel. Topped with some taco sauce and shredded cheese.
Mmmmmmmm.

586 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:02:36am

re: #585 Backwoods_Sleuth

I added some taco seasoning mix and minced jalapeno to my last batch of falafel. Topped with some taco sauce and shredded cheese.
Mmmmmmmm.

Fusion FTW. I had a Korean taco stand that I loved while I was working at DOI.

587 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 10:02:59am

re: #466 Backwoods_Sleuth

Someone get out the tiny violins.

Gun Activists Cut Up NRA Member Cards Over Criticism Of AR-15s In Restaurants

Speaking of Open Carry Texas…here is a video from All in with Chris Hayes from last night. It’s about the NRA response to Open Carry Texas and has some images of them doing one of their protests. Check out who is upfront and carrying the flag for them. My buddy Kory “DEVO” Watkins. (1:29 in)

Sorry. I couldn’t figure out how to get the video to pop up in the comment, so you’ll have to go to the link to view.

on.msnbc.com

588 leftynyc  Jun 3, 2014 10:04:16am

re: #385 Feline Fearless Leader

If the “establishment” GOP guy wins, what does that make the record for Sarah Palin endorsements?

And what would her record have to be before her endorsement is properly seen as a sort of “kiss of death”?
/

She’s currently at 33% according to this article. Romney doing much better. I know she endorsed the tea party guy in MS so we’ll have to wait until tonight to see about that:

thedailybeast.com

589 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 10:05:53am

re: #585 Backwoods_Sleuth

I added some taco seasoning mix and minced jalapeno to my last batch of falafel. Topped with some taco sauce and shredded cheese.
Mmmmmmmm.

Starting with a mix, or scratch falafel?

Sound like a way to make it appeal to Mr. w.

590 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 10:06:05am

Obama Blasts Critics On Bergdahl Release

“The United States has always had a pretty sacred rule, and that is: we don’t leave our men or women in uniform behind,” Obama said in Warsaw, Poland. “Regardless of the circumstances, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop.”

591 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 10:06:24am

So let me try to keep up—Snowden is not a traitor and Bergdahl is?

Laughable. Just hilarious.

592 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:06:27am

re: #589 wrenchwench

Starting with a mix, or scratch falafel?

Sound like a way to make it appeal to Mr. w.

I make my falafel from scratch.

593 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:06:48am

re: #590 Dr. Matt

Obama Blasts Critics On Bergdahl Release

Well spoken, Mr. President.

594 dog philosopher  Jun 3, 2014 10:07:03am

Income EQUALITY is COMMUNISM

communism, definition:

a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs

im tired of hearing political definitions taken from Every Boy And Girl’s Big Golden Book Of Distortions And Oversimplifications

595 Eventual Carrion  Jun 3, 2014 10:08:48am

re: #278 Gus

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God controls all. God hates drunks. Why doesn’t god control the drunks?

596 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:08:58am

Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says

The official said there are legitimate concerns about Bergdahl’s physical and mental health, which have deteriorated over the years - so serious that doctors have cautioned officials and family not to reach out to even just say “welcome back” yet.

Though the medical facility said today that Bergdahl’s condition is listed as “stable,” it may be a long time, the official said, before Bergdahl can be questioned about his experience with the Taliban.

597 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 10:09:22am

re: #536 Pie-onist Overlord

Why is it that people think of beards they don’t automatically associate with Hasidic Juice?

What are we chopped liver?

You need to add the hat to get that association.

598 Iwouldprefernotto  Jun 3, 2014 10:09:32am
599 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 10:09:43am

Hmmm. Had my first falafel from a street vendor in NYC 40 yrs ago. Being from the south, had no idea what they were. One reason I love NY—lots of different foods!

Want to try this non-fried version, though, since I no longer do fried foods.

instructables.com

600 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:10:29am

re: #598 Iwouldprefernotto

And your point is?

It sounds like he’s in pretty rough shape, he’s been through one hell of an experience.

601 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 10:10:37am

re: #591 Rightwingconspirator

So let me try to keep up—Snowden is not a traitor and Bergdahl is?

Laughable. Just hilarious.

The wrong-way driver into Mexico with his guns is more of a hero to summa these clowns.

602 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:10:39am
603 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  Jun 3, 2014 10:10:45am

re: #599 Justanotherhuman

I had an emotional goodbye with the falafel/gyro guy at the end of this semester.

604 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 10:10:54am

Now we see the wingnuts for what they truly are.

Their rank and flagrant hypocrisy, their pseudo-patriotism, their loathsome prejudice and bigotry, their single-minded fanaticism, their towering intellectual dishonesty - all are on full display.

Behold, America. This is what you’ve come to; these fatuous fools are the ones who dare to call themselves the upholders of American tradition. They endlessly profess how much they love their country, yet the contempt they have for its government defies description. They say they stand for freedom and liberty, yet all too often they fly the banner of a defunct nation and its discredited ideology - a nation that in its brief life, was the antithesis for everything the United States of America stands for.

They are not patriots, nor lovers of liberty. They are insurrectionists, separatists, and they stand not for freedom, but authoritarianism.

If America falls, it will not be because of men such as President Obama. It will be because of this malignant cancer masquerading as ‘patriotism’ growing within the American body politic.

605 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:11:23am

re: #600 Killgore Trout

It sounds like he’s in pretty rough shape, he’s been through one hell of an experience.

I don’t doubt he has. Though I’m sure that won’t stop some from suggesting that the Army’s engaging in a cover-up.

606 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:11:24am

re: #599 Justanotherhuman

Hmmm. Had my first falafel from a street vendor in NYC 40 yrs ago. Being from the south, had no idea what they were. One reason I love NY—lots of different foods!

Want to try this non-fried version, though, since I no longer do fried foods.

instructables.com

I fry my falafel in olive oil (actually I use only olive oil the few times I fry anything).

607 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:11:25am

re: #600 Killgore Trout

It sounds like he’s in pretty rough shape, he’s been through one hell of an experience.

Well in that case, I think you understand why many people have a big problem with armchair warriors calling him a deserter and traitor.

608 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 10:11:25am

re: #597 Feline Fearless Leader

You need to add the hat to get that association.

You have to have the sidelocks, too.

609 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 10:11:29am

re: #538 Bulworth

re:
#523
Gus

That Andrea Mitchell, really on the ball. Great reporting. Can’t get that just anywhere, you know.

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She is growing more tiresome by the day. I can’t watch her at all anymore.

610 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:12:02am

Amsterdam Falafel in D.C. Heaven on earth for falafel fans.

611 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:12:11am
The official said despite rumors that have previously circulated, Bergdahl did not marry while in captivity.

Damn, I’ve been following pretty closely and haven’t even heard that one before.

612 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:12:49am

re: #611 Killgore Trout

Damn, I’ve been following pretty closely and haven’t even heard that one before.

Neither had I. WTF?

613 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 10:12:56am

re: #604 Dr Lizardo

If one calls themselves a Patriot, but wants Texas to secede, think Obama is awful ‘cause he is a secret Muslim and are comfortable accusing Bergdahl or treachery, one really is just a damn liar. And not worth the clothes you wear.

614 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:13:38am

re: #612 Targetpractice

Neither had I. WTF?

Just making stuff up like they do often.

615 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 10:13:52am

I wish Obama would just call this faux criticism what it is: hateful, partisan, spiteful, and mindless reactionism.

616 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 10:14:04am

re: #606 Backwoods_Sleuth

I fry my falafel in olive oil (actually I use only olive oil the few times I fry anything).

I got compliments on zucchini last night (we had a guest), and all I did was fry it in olive oil. I didn’t even fucking salt it. Who knew it was so easy?

617 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 10:15:01am

re: #557 Justanotherhuman

Yes, you’d think they’d see them as rugged All-American types the RW endorses, wouldn’t you? For all we know, they might even vote Republican. : )

And none of it bothered Obama a bit. He hugged and held them like they were his own people.

Oh, that may be one of the problems.

618 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:15:58am

The best thing about falafel is it is healthy yet at the same time really filling. Aforementioned falafel place, Amsterdam has two locations in D.C. One in Adams-Morgan near several bars and another on U Street near the Black Cat theater. So you have something to get full on before or after a night of hitting the bars or seeing music.

619 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:16:17am

re: #612 Targetpractice

Neither had I. WTF?

Did a quick google and I’m still stumped.

620 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 10:17:45am

re: #618 HappyWarrior

The best thing about falafel is it is healthy yet at the same time really filling. Aforementioned falafel place, Amsterdam has two locations in D.C. One in Adams-Morgan near several bars and another on U Street near the Black Cat theater. So you have something to get full on before or after a night of hitting the bars or seeing music.

I got my falafel hit today here in Philly. Place is going to be closed for a few days due to an upcoming Jewish holiday.

621 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:17:56am

re: #619 Killgore Trout

Did a quick google and I’m still stumped.

Think Backwoods is right, this is probably something that the press either caught somebody muttering or just fabricated from whole cloth, trying to find some controversy to keep this story alive longer.

622 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:18:23am

Stupid. I mean, seriously.

623 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:20:28am

re: #618 HappyWarrior

The best thing about falafel is it is healthy yet at the same time really filling. Aforementioned falafel place, Amsterdam has two locations in D.C. One in Adams-Morgan near several bars and another on U Street near the Black Cat theater. So you have something to get full on before or after a night of hitting the bars or seeing music.

The other great thing about falafel is that you can get very experimental/creative once you master the basic recipe/technique.
I like basic falafel, but once I started playing around with adding different ingredients, it got to be a lot of fun.
Been thinking about a dessert falafel. Something involving cinnamon and chocolate…

624 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:21:03am

re: #623 Backwoods_Sleuth

The other great thing about falafel is that you can get very experimental/creative once you master the basic recipe/technique.
I like basic falafel, but once I started playing around with adding different ingredients, it got to be a lot of fun.
Been thinking about a dessert falafel. Something involving cinnamon and chocolate…

Damn that does sound good.

625 Kragar  Jun 3, 2014 10:22:00am
626 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:22:04am

re: #622 Gus

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Stupid. I mean, seriously.

I remember quite clearly how both sides had guys who claimed they’d served alongside Kerry and whose views of the man matched their own. And how both engaged in campaigns of painting the other side’s vets as either being liars, going as far as to question their own records and suggesting they’d never served with Kerry at all.

627 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 10:22:07am

re: #611 Killgore Trout

Damn, I’ve been following pretty closely and haven’t even heard that one before.

Gay-married a haram goat.

628 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:22:07am

Before I lost weight, I used to be a meat and potatoes type. Still am to some degree but dieting has really made me appreciate foods I didn’t think about before. Really want to give Pho another shot. Tried it once when I was younger but it really didn’t do it for me but but my tastebuds are in constant evolution.

629 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 10:22:22am

This is from long ago, but still feeds my inability to call anti-abortionists ‘pro-life’:

Special kinds of neglect and abuse were reserved for the Home Babies, as locals call them. Many in surrounding communities remember them. They remember how they were segregated to the fringes of classrooms, and how the local nuns accentuated the differences between them and the others. They remember how, as one local told the Irish Central, they were “usually gone by school age — either adopted or dead.”

630 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Jun 3, 2014 10:23:30am

re: #524 Gus

Wait. So now wingnuts are going to use home schooling against him?

Maybe it’s really the “surrounded by books” part that seems strange to them.

631 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:23:43am

re: #629 wrenchwench

This is from long ago, but still feeds my inability to call anti-abortionists ‘pro-life’:

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Tragic.

632 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:24:27am

re: #625 Kragar

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In the five years since Bergdahl disappeared, nobody seemed to make a big stink over the circumstances of the man’s capture. But as soon as he comes home, those who wanted “whatever means necessary” now want his ass court-martialed for charges they didn’t seem interested in as little as five months ago.

633 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:24:55am
634 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:25:24am

re: #625 Kragar

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Just like they were all for the death of Bin Laden until Obama did what Bush did not do. Just like they were against Qaddafi when Reagan made him public enemy number one until Obama agreed that Qaddafi was scum. Just like they thought a health care mandate was sound policy until Obama included it in his healthcare reform legislation. You get it.

635 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:25:44am
636 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 10:26:02am

re: #630 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi

Maybe it’s really the “surrounded by books” part that seems strange to them.

“Preferred books to barbecue and beer”

It’s astounding we hadn’t revoked his US Citizenship and cast him to the outer darkness (Europe) already.

637 Kragar  Jun 3, 2014 10:26:19am
638 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:26:21am

re: #635 Gus

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or like me my final semester of college when I just didn’t give a damn.

639 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:26:54am

re: #630 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi

Maybe it’s really the “surrounded by books” part that seems strange to them.

It’s code for “intellectual,” as in Bergdahl was the “wrong kind” of soldier. Like with the “beer and BBQ” comment in the NYT, it seems the story being spun now is that the guy wasn’t another testosterone-poisoned fratboy who joined the Army to blow shit up and kill people. And all but suggesting aloud that he ended up deserting to join the Taliban because he had come to hate America.

640 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:27:02am

re: #628 HappyWarrior

Before I lost weight, I used to be a meat and potatoes type. Still am to some degree but dieting has really made me appreciate foods I didn’t think about before. Really want to give Pho another shot. Tried it once when I was younger but it really didn’t do it for me but but my tastebuds are in constant evolution.

Hummus and oven baked veggie chips (parsnips, sweet potato, beets, carrots, etc.) have become our go-to snacks since we gave up the pre-packaged snack foods.
My favorite hummus recipe uses sweet potatoes. Depending on the consistency, it can be a dip or a sandwich spread.

641 Stanley Sea  Jun 3, 2014 10:27:11am

Just popping in, this has nothing to do with anything but I read somewhere that Bowe was upset when he saw a kid get run over by a military vehicle.

642 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:28:33am

re: #641 Stanley Sea

Just popping in, this has nothing to do with anything but I read somewhere that Bowe was upset when he saw a kid get run over by a military vehicle.

That’s what I’d read too. And it seems he wasn’t upset so much by the kid getting run over as the lack of concern from his fellow soldiers over the incident. Or so I’ve been led to believe.

643 Skip Intro  Jun 3, 2014 10:28:38am

644 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:28:56am

re: #635 Gus

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When I first saw the dad, I thought he looked like a biker (especially with the little ponytail). But that’s probably because MrBWS looks the same way.

645 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:29:09am

re: #640 Backwoods_Sleuth

Hummus and oven baked veggie chips (parsnips, sweet potato, beets, carrots, etc.) have become our go-to snacks since we gave up the pre-packaged snack foods.
My favorite hummus recipe uses sweet potatoes. Depending on the consistency, it can be a dip or a sandwich spread.

Hummus is also great. Got some pinenut hummus at Costco the other day that is simply delicious. Your recipe sounds good.

646 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 10:29:16am

re: #623 Backwoods_Sleuth

The other great thing about falafel is that you can get very experimental/creative once you master the basic recipe/technique.
I like basic falafel, but once I started playing around with adding different ingredients, it got to be a lot of fun.
Been thinking about a dessert falafel. Something involving cinnamon and chocolate…

If they can make a pinto bean pie in the south, that should be do-able!

southernfood.about.com

647 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:29:47am

re: #644 Backwoods_Sleuth

When I first saw the dad, I thought he looked like a biker (especially with the little ponytail). But that’s probably because MrBWS looks the same way.

That was actually my first thought. A biker not a Taliban member but FNC wants a smear campaign I guess.

648 Kragar  Jun 3, 2014 10:30:10am

Been watching the Justice League on Netflix and noticing how they got away with some not for kids stuff in there.

For example:
Flash: “Well, I am the world’s fastest man.”
Hawkgirl: “No wonder you can’t get a date.”
Flash: “Yeah… HEY!”

649 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:33:02am
650 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:33:44am

Dammit, now I’m hungry for some sort of falafel dessert.
Best get a bunch of chickpeas soaking…

651 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 10:34:01am

re: #625 Kragar

Standard “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” strategy they’ve been applying since 2008, and even before then.

652 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 10:34:32am

re: #648 Kragar

Been watching the Justice League on Netflix and noticing how they got away with some not for kids stuff in there.

For example:
Flash: “Well, I am the world’s fastest man.”
Hawkgirl: “No wonder you can’t get a date.”
Flash: “Yeah… HEY!”

The 4 yr old watches that, and it goes right over his head.

Repeated that he wanted to teach this morning. To clarify, I said, you want to be a teacher? Yes, says he. We’ll see. : )

653 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 10:34:35am

Stand Your Training Wheels

CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike

myfoxtwincities.com

654 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:34:39am

re: #633 Gus

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Damn, he made it a lot further that I would have guessed

Bergdahl successfully avoided capture for three days and two nights. The searchers finally found him, weak, exhausted, and nearly naked—he had spent three days without food or water—hiding in a shallow trench he had dug with his own hands and covered with leaves.

655 Stanley Sea  Jun 3, 2014 10:34:43am

re: #642 Targetpractice

That’s what I’d read too. And it seems he wasn’t upset so much by the kid getting run over as the lack of concern from his fellow soldiers over the incident. Or so I’ve been led to believe.

Too busy drinking beer and eating bbq.

656 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 10:35:45am

re: #629 wrenchwench

This is from long ago, but still feeds my inability to call anti-abortionists ‘pro-life’:

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Wasn’t there a story by Harlan Ellison that had a similar theme? “Croatan” or something like that. I read it a long time ago…..gave me the creeps.

657 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 10:35:59am

re: #653 Decatur Deb

Stand Your Training Wheels

CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike

myfoxtwincities.com

We will not be safe until pink Barbie bicycles are equipped with miniguns.

658 Fairly Sure I'm Still Obdicut  Jun 3, 2014 10:36:23am

re: #642 Targetpractice

That’s what I’d read too. And it seems he wasn’t upset so much by the kid getting run over as the lack of concern from his fellow soldiers over the incident. Or so I’ve been led to believe.

Good to keep in mind that whatever he says he saw, or what his journals say, might not be true or might be fictionalizations, too.

659 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 3, 2014 10:37:30am

Let’s pretend the guy was really AWOL, and had come to have sympathies for the enemy population. How does that make it less important to recover him?
Even if he were a premeditated traitor, we’d still want him back.

These guys just don’t think anything through.

660 Justanotherhuman  Jun 3, 2014 10:37:42am

re: #657 iossarian

We will not be safe until pink Barbie bicycles are equipped with miniguns.

And it was on Daytona Way. Evidently the perp thought he was in Floriduh.

661 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:38:21am

I wonder why there’s Russian folk music and dancing outside my house. I hope Putin isn’t going to annex me.

662 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Jun 3, 2014 10:38:33am

re: #653 Decatur Deb

Stand Your Training Wheels

CHARGES: Neighbor, 61, pulls gun on father teaching girl to ride bike

myfoxtwincities.com

Surprise:

Charging documents state that Drake admitted to drinking all day, but he denied that it influenced his actions.

663 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 10:38:34am

re: #657 iossarian

We will not be safe until pink Barbie bicycles are equipped with miniguns.

Awaits posting of WH40K tank in Hello Kitty paint job.
;P

664 Skip Intro  Jun 3, 2014 10:38:49am

re: #509 Pie-onist Overlord

I’m willing to trade Steve Stockman for the guy in Mexico. I’d even throw in Louis Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

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I’d trade all three for nothing. In fact, I’d be willing to pay another country to take them as long as they could never come back.

665 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 10:38:55am

re: #658 Fairly Sure I’m Still Obdicut

Good to keep in mind that whatever he saws he saw, or what his journals say, might not be true or might be fictionalizations, too.

Which is why the military will complete its investigation file on him. It’s significant of something that he was not dropped from the rolls as a deserter in 5 years.

666 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:39:26am

re: #658 Fairly Sure I’m Still Obdicut

Good to keep in mind that whatever he saws he saw, or what his journals say, might not be true or might be fictionalizations, too.

Fair point and I’m keeping it in mind.

667 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 10:39:39am

re:
#629
Wrenchwench

That’s…one of the most disturbing things I’ve read in a long while. People, children, women pregnant out-of-wedlock (what about the men who got them pregnant?) just treated as disposable.

Ah, but things were so much better when The Church had more influence and “religious mores” governed community life. /////

668 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:40:06am

re: #659 Rightwingconspirator

Let’s pretend the guy was really AWOL, and had come to have sympathies for the enemy population. How does that make it less important to recover him?
Even if he were a premeditated traitor, we’d still want him back.

These guys just don’t think anything through.

…and it doesn’t look like a rescue mission was practical. Some sort of negotiated release seems to be the best we could hope for.

669 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 10:40:33am
abcnews.go.com: “He walked away. He walked right off the base,” Bergdahl’s old team leader, former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow, told ABC News Monday. “The fact of the matter is, he deserted us in the middle of Afghanistan to go and find the Taliban… People calling him a hero, people calling him this great soldier, it’s a spit in the face to the soldiers who were there… and more importantly it’s a spit in the face to the soldiers who died as a direct result of him leaving.”

Who is calling Bergdahl a “hero” and “great soldier”?

670 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:42:27am

Hmmm, white van parked outside blaring Russian folk music. about a dozen folks dancing. Maybe some sort of roaming early morning party.

671 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 10:42:36am

re: #669 Dr. Matt

Who is calling Bergdahl a “hero” and “great soldier”?

He read and misattributed a story about Snowden.
///

672 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 10:42:50am

re: #668 Killgore Trout

…and it doesn’t look like a rescue mission was practical. Some sort of negotiated release seems to be the best we could hope for.

If a rescue mission was utilized and any of the troops involved were as so much scratched, the anti-POWers would be calling for Obama’s impeachment.

673 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 3, 2014 10:42:58am

Are Republicans even human? I have long thought they were contemptible, superficial, and dishonest, but to attack a young man who has been retrieved from the clutches of head-chopping barbarians, from the very gates of Hell? To vilify his parents in what should be a moment of ecstatic celebration? To assault those who have worked this miracle of deliverance?

As I mentioned shortly after the events (but seldom since), I was in Iraq when Privates Kristian Menchaca and Tommy Tucker were captured, tortured, and mutilated by Al Qaeda savages. I arrived at the pump house where their bodies had been found just a a half hour or so after the bodies had been removed. I did not see the bodies, but I did see the ashen faced soldiers and Iraqi officials who had. The chief perpetrator, AQ commander Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was eventually hunted down and killed like a rabid dog, and another Iraqi (the actual torturer) was hanged after being convicted by an Iraqi court, but how much better it would have been if we had somehow managed to trade a few captured terrorists for the soldiers.

Apparently we have a good many people who would have preferred a similar outcome for Bowe Bergdahl, yet they represent themselves as compassionate, moral, and patriotic. If they win in 2016, we will be in the hands of devils.

674 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 10:44:01am

Guess who Hannity’s sitting down with…

It’s those Taliban, Amish, Hasids, Bergdahl’s parents, no wait. I’ll get it.

Duck Dynasty members

675 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 10:44:45am

re: #672 Dr. Matt

If a rescue mission was utilized and any of the troops involved were as so much scratched, the anti-POWers would be calling for Obama’s impeachment.

I didn’t get much sleep last night.
IMPEACH!

676 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 10:45:25am

re: #599 Justanotherhuman

Hmmm. Had my first falafel from a street vendor in NYC 40 yrs ago. Being from the south, had no idea what they were. One reason I love NY—lots of different foods!

Want to try this non-fried version, though, since I no longer do fried foods.

instructables.com

Heh. I had my first falafel 40 years ago in Israel.

677 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:45:41am

re: #669 Dr. Matt

Who is calling Bergdahl a “hero” and “great soldier”?

Honestly, it sounds like the bile and hatred of a guy who no doubt got reamed six ways to Sunday over Bergdahl’s disappearance and came to the conclusion that the guy who he probably didn’t have a high opinion of in the first place had deliberately deserted just to get his leader in trouble with the brass.

678 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 10:46:06am

I keep hoping for the day that this madness goes that one step too far and causes a massive backlash from the sane people in this country.

With the amount of vindictiveness we are seeing this year and now the utter crassness of this Bergdahl story we may just be getting there.

Come on America…time to help Fox and all the idiots like them jump the shark and wither and die. We have some major cleaning to do.

679 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:46:08am

White House apologizes to Senate Intelligence for prisoner swap secret

Feinstein told reporters that she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken on Monday evening apologizing for what the administration is calling an “oversight.”
“I had a call from the White House last night, from Tony Blinken, apologizing for it,” she said.

“He apologized and said it was an oversight,” she added.

680 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 10:46:09am

re: #674 lawhawk

Is Hannity really drinking a glass of white wine while those hicks are drinking out of a Mason jar?

What a snob! Where’s his Grey Poupon?

681 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 10:46:37am

re: #670 Killgore Trout

Hmmm, white van parked outside blaring Russian folk music. about a dozen folks dancing. Maybe some sort of roaming early morning party.

It’s an Orthodox exorcism. They think you’re Rasputin returned.

682 Kragar  Jun 3, 2014 10:46:38am

re: #663 Feline Fearless Leader

Awaits posting of WH40K tank in Hello Kitty paint job.
;P

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683 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 10:47:21am

re:
#629

The grim findings, which are being investigated by police, provide a glimpse into a particularly dark time for unmarried pregnant women in Ireland, where societal and religious mores stigmatized them.

But yes, by all means, let’s bring back “religion” to the public sphere, erect “10 Commandments” monuments and make kids stand and say prayer in school or else face punishment. ////

684 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:47:33am

re: #681 Decatur Deb

It’s an Orthodox exorcism. They think you’re Rasputin returned.

I’ve got the beard but not the endowment.

685 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 10:47:42am

re: #679 Killgore Trout

White House apologizes to Senate Intelligence for prisoner swap secret

“Sorry about that, Chief.”

686 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 10:48:07am

re: #610 HappyWarrior

Amsterdam Falafel in D.C. Heaven on earth for falafel fans.

Moshiko’s on Ben Yehuda mall in Jerusalem.

687 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 10:48:43am
688 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 10:49:36am

re:
#629

Many of the women, after paying a penance of indentured servitude for their out-of-wedlock pregnancy

See what modernism and secular humanistic liberalism has done? These women used to have to “pay a penance” for their behavior. That’s when we had True Freedoms. ///

689 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:49:59am

re: #685 Decatur Deb

“Sorry about that, Chief.”

Fruit basket and hallmark card is in the mail

690 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:50:14am

re: #686 Pie-onist Overlord

Moshiko’s on Ben Yehuda mall in Jerusalem.

I’m sure but I can get to DC in a hour if I like. Can’t do that in Jerusalem and unlike yourself heh I don’t have family in Israel.

691 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 10:50:15am

Yawn. Just another day of Obama getting shit done and RWers soiling themselves.

692 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 10:50:31am

Frankly, I’m relieved that the White House did not notify the Senate Intelligence about the prisoner swap. It would have been leaked to the media moments after the notification and who knows what fate Bergdahl would have faced. The Administration isn’t stupid.

693 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 10:51:17am

re: #680 b.d.

Is Hannity really drinking a glass of white wine while those hicks are drinking out of a Mason jar?

What a snob! Where’s his Grey Poupon?

I like the aqua blue Tupperware glass that Uncle Si has in front of him.
What a 60s flashback!

694 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:51:28am

re: #692 Dr. Matt

Frankly, I’m relieved that the White House did not notify the Senate Intelligence about the prisoner swap. It would have been leaked to the media moments after the notification and who knows what fate Bergdahl would have faced. The Administration isn’t stupid.

Yes, this is one of those times where secrecy is for the best.

695 Killgore Trout  Jun 3, 2014 10:51:37am

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission

696 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 10:51:52am

Got to sit down & learn more about Willie and Uncle Si. Tune in tonight for more of my intv with the Duck men!
— Sean Hannity

Why?

697 The Ghost of a Flea  Jun 3, 2014 10:52:04am

re: #682 Kragar

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Damn.

Just when I thought the 40K universe couldn’t get any more horrifying.

698 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 10:52:50am

re: #692 Dr. Matt

Frankly, I’m relieved that the White House did not notify the Senate Intelligence about the prisoner swap. It would have been leaked to the media moments after the notification and who knows what fate Bergdahl would have faced. The Administration isn’t stupid.

I imagine one of the first things that would have happened is they would have moved him to a new location further into Pakistan, making talk about sending in the military to retrieve him all the more perilous.

On the other hand, it would have put the GOP between the proverbial rock and hard place, trying to argue that releasing “terrorists” is not worth getting this guy back, but sending soldiers to possible death to retrieve a “deserter” is totally worth it.

699 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:53:09am
700 Varek Raith  Jun 3, 2014 10:53:25am

So I got my state refund back.
In the form of a debit card.
e_e

701 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 10:53:27am

re: #693 Backwoods_Sleuth

I like the aqua blue Tupperware glass that Uncle Si has in front of him.
What a 60s flashback!

LIFETIME WARRANTY!! THIS IS MY 6th ONE!!

702 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:53:41am
703 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 10:53:50am

re: #690 HappyWarrior

I’m sure but I can get to DC in a hour if I like. Can’t do that in Jerusalem and unlike yourself heh I don’t have family in Israel.

Next time I’m there, I’ll enjoy one and KEEP YOU IN MIND. :)

704 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:54:43am

re: #699 Gus

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The thing about chickenhawks that always grated my late grandfather, a Korean War veteran wasn’t so much their lack of service, it was their lack of perspective when it came to war. And we’re seeing this here with Bergdahl. The guy’s been through a lot and these people who wouldn’t last five days let alone five years as captives of the Taliban are attacking him.

705 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 10:54:45am

re: #680 b.d.

Is Hannity really drinking a glass of white wine while those hicks are drinking out of a Mason jar?

What a snob! Where’s his Grey Poupon?

You don’t know your neoconfederate table settings. The Mason jar is for relieving your chaw. Only the lower class drink from it while it’s in use.

706 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:55:50am
707 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 10:57:47am
708 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 10:58:02am

re: #706 Gus

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Grenell would still be a sleazy right wing douche if he were heterosexual. The fact that he’s gay just makes him a gay sleazebag rather than a straight one.

709 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 11:00:38am

re: #707 Gus

Nice job Gus.

710 Bulworth  Jun 3, 2014 11:01:13am

re:
#707
Gus

This equals winning.

711 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 11:01:41am

re: #700 Varek Raith

So I got my state refund back.
In the form of a debit card.
e_e

With fees and stuff?

712 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 11:02:07am

re: #708 HappyWarrior

Grenell would still be a sleazy right wing douche if he were heterosexual. The fact that he’s gay just makes him a gay sleazebag rather than a straight one.

The idiots can never get this straight. Attacking someone for their shitty views, or the shitty things they do, is not the same thing as attacking someone for the fact that they happen to be gay.

713 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 11:02:27am
714 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 11:04:18am

re: #713 jaunte

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11/30/11 and 1/31/12!?!?!?!?! Any moron knows that our talking points might have changed since then!!!!!1!

715 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:04:25am

re: #712 iossarian

The idiots can never get this straight. Attacking someone for their shitty views, or the shitty things they do, is not the same thing as attacking someone for the fact that they happen to be gay.

They do it whenever Carson or Cain are criticized by liberals. YOU LIBERALS ARE RACIST FOR CRITICIZING THEM! Yet these are the same people who cry about being called racist while they attack Obama. The difference is when your average liberal criticizes Cain or in this case Grenell we’re attacking their actions, when right wing nuts often attack Obama, they often start with some like “He’s doing this because he’s black.” Grenell would be a douche for doing what he’s doing regardless of his sexuality.

716 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 11:04:27am

re: #713 jaunte

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House leadership reported to have asked whether they could take credit for swap.

717 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 11:04:50am

re: #707 Gus

Nice work by @Green_Footballs in highlighting breath-taking hypocrisy on Bowe Bergdahl’s release:

Yea!!! Good work Gus and Charles and all the contributors to this thread.

Hopefully the outside world is reading and figuring out the sane people are on to the crap-slinging by the wingnuts, Obama haters and other human rubbish fed by the sick media machine that drives it.

718 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 11:04:57am

re: #712 iossarian

The idiots can never get this straight. Attacking someone for their shitty views, or the shitty things they do, is not the same thing as attacking someone for the fact that they happen to be gay.

Especially when he’s already Republican FiredTM by the Romney campaign, for being gay.

719 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:05:36am

re: #718 wrenchwench

Especially when he’s already Republican FiredTM by the Romney campaign.

And when he was fired for the Romney campaign for being gay. The hypocrisy of these assclowns.

720 Mike Lamb  Jun 3, 2014 11:05:44am

re: #706 Gus

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In the first paragraph—I’m not sure this particular author understands what “allegedly” means. Since when do you blame someone for an alleged activity?

721 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 11:06:17am

re: #719 HappyWarrior

And when he was fired for the Romney campaign for being gay. The hypocrisy of these assclowns.

Yeah, I added that in an Insta-edit.

722 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:06:21am

re: #720 Mike Lamb

In the first paragraph—I’m not sure this particular author understands what “allegedly” means. Since when do you blame someone for an alleged activity?

When you’re a right wing asshole with an agenda, you do that.

723 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 11:07:40am

Republicans! Achieving nothing of lasting value since 1992.

724 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:08:04am

Republicans: Because we’re assholes libtard.

725 Kragar  Jun 3, 2014 11:08:10am
726 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 11:08:25am
727 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:08:59am

re: #725 Kragar

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I’d support hearings on Boehner’s being the TP’s errand boy.

728 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:09:24am

re: #725 Kragar

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I’d support these “hearings” if I didn’t already know they’ll be mostly Republicans using their time to ask questions to instead bloviate about how evil the White House is for releasing “terrorists”!

729 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:10:09am

re: #728 Targetpractice

I’d support these “hearings” if I didn’t already know they’ll be mostly Republicans using their time to ask questions to instead bloviate about how evil the White House is for releasing “terrorists”!

That’s exactly what they will be. A bunch of self-righteous bullshit from the party of Iran-Contra about releasing terrorists.

730 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 3, 2014 11:11:15am

RWNJs think five terrorists were too high a price? We’ve gone a good bit farther in the past:

Cabanatuan Raid, 1945500 rescued, 1 raider and 3 prisoners killed.
Son Tay raid, 1970, Failed (PoWs not at site), 2 raiders wounded, 1 aircraft lost.
Tehran Embassy raid, 1980. Failed. 8 raiders killed, 7 aircraft lost.

731 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 11:11:36am

Now Obama needs to get the wingnuts all pissed off over something he did with Berlusconi when he was in power.

Yes. We need to have a Benghazi, Bowe Bergdahl and a Berlusconi commission all taking place at the same time.

732 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 11:11:54am
733 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 3, 2014 11:12:10am

I know that I should probably block and mute Janie, but the stupefying amount of Derp that she spews is horrific and needs to be called out, mocked and made fun of. She is the second most evil. horrible human being on Twitter after Todd Kincannon.

734 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:12:26am

If Obama really wants to placate them, maybe he should push tax cuts and a massive military build up.

735 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 11:12:32am

re: #730 Shiplord Kirel

RWNJs think five terrorists were too high a price? We’ve gone a good bit farther in the past:

Technically, they were listed as POWs and were not facing any criminal charges in military or civilian courts.

736 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 11:12:42am

Kurt Eichenwald:

“…The Obama administration is far from the first government—be it American or foreign—to have decided to negotiate with individuals it does not recognize as constituting legitimate rulers, or even with groups identified as terrorists. While that doesn’t provide absolute justification for doing so, it does underscore that these decisions have, throughout history, proven to be more complex than the absolutists choose to believe.”
newsweek.com

737 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 11:13:00am
738 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:14:02am

I slept way long this morning. The dogs couldn’t even wake me up. I haven’t read the allergy report yet, but I suspect nature is the culprit. I feel like I have a sleep hangover.

you?

739 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 11:14:27am
740 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 11:14:53am

McCain is going to break an important blood vessel.

741 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:14:59am

re: #739 Gus

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Says the King of the Sunday Talk Show circuit.

742 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:15:26am

re: #740 jaunte

McCain is going to break an important blood vessel.

He should do us all a favor and retire. His act is stale.

743 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:15:33am

“We demand hearings into this exchange immediately!”

“Alright, let’s start with POWs that Washington exchanged during the Revolutionary War and moved down from there.”

“This soldier was a deserter! Possibly even a collaborator!”

“And you lot turned Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman into recruitment posters despite knowing that the stories behind them were a bunch of lies.”

“We passed a law saying the President had to let us know before prisoner exchanges!”

“No, you passed a law concerning prisoner transfers, a law that the President left a signing statement on stating he felt it an unconstitutional constraint on his powers as Commander-in-Chief.”

“TERRORISTS!!!!”

744 Egregious Philbin  Jun 3, 2014 11:16:26am

McCain, interviewed Feb 19th this year on KTAR radion said he would be open to a trade to get Bergdahl, and that we should do what we need to get him home.

They just played it a few minutes ago. Comedy goldll

745 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:16:39am

re: #739 Gus

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Because we all know how much effort Sen. McCain puts into avoiding the spotlight…

746 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:17:46am

re: #745 Targetpractice

Because we all know how much effort Sen. McCain puts into avoiding the spotlight…

Never heard of him. Is he new to the Senate this year?

747 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 11:19:51am

Rawstory picked up this piece.

Conservative bloggers were for Bergdahl release until Obama did it

It turns out some of the Obama administration’s most dogged critics were for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - “using all means available, including force” - before they were against it.

PJ Media promoted a White House petition in January calling for the release of the soldier held captive by the Taliban, according to links and screen shots compiled by the Little Green Footballs blog.

748 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 11:20:09am

re: #738 FemNaziBitch

I slept way long this morning. The dogs couldn’t even wake me up. I haven’t read the allergy report yet, but I suspect nature is the culprit. I feel like I have a sleep hangover.

you?

Saw this this morning and was saving it for you.

749 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 11:20:47am

re: #747 Dr. Matt

Rawstory picked up this piece.

Conservative bloggers were for Bergdahl release until Obama did it

What was that word we came up with for that…Blacktracking I think.

750 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:23:25am

re: #748 Backwoods_Sleuth

Saw this this morning and was saving it for you.

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You are the BEST!!!!

I don’t know if I want a sable GSD or a black one. The black one’s I’ve met look so so evil. I love it.

I generally take the first one I meet, rejecting it for another is just to hard for me.

Hubby can’t stand it.

751 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 11:24:05am

re: #749 Eclectic Cyborg

What was that word we came up with for that…Blacktracking I think.

I think it’s time for the POTUS to hold a press conference regarding his endorsement for breathing…..and hilarity ensues.

752 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 11:24:06am

re: #750 FemNaziBitch

You are the BEST!!!!

I don’t know if I want a sable GSD or a black one. The black one’s I’ve met look so so evil. I love it.

I generally take the first one I meet, rejecting it for another is just to hard for me.

Hubby can’t stand it.

I generally take the one that picks me.

753 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 3, 2014 11:24:30am

re: #730 Shiplord Kirel

RWNJs think five terrorists were too high a price? We’ve gone a good bit farther in the past:

Cabanatuan Raid, 1945500 rescued, 1 raider and 3 prisoners killed.
Son Tay raid, 1970, Failed (PoWs not at site), 2 raiders wounded, 1 aircraft lost.
Tehran Embassy raid, 1980. Failed. 8 raiders killed, 7 aircraft lost.

Don’t forget Patton’s little adventure group sent after his son in law:

On March 26, 1945, Patton sent Task Force Baum, consisting of 314 men, 16 tanks, and assorted other vehicles, 50 miles (80 km) behind German lines to liberate a prisoner of war camp, OFLAG XIII-B near Hammelburg. One of the inmates was Patton’s son-in-law, Lieutenant Colonel John K. Waters, who had been captured in North Africa. The raid was a failure, and only 35 men made it back; the rest were either killed or captured, and all 57 vehicles were lost.

en.wikipedia.org

754 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 11:24:43am
755 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:25:25am

Well, this should produce a full year of outrage:
Everything You Need to Know About Obama’s New Climate-Change Rules

Will it become the new Benghazi?

756 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:26:05am

re: #752 Backwoods_Sleuth

I generally take the one that picks me.

Well, with young ‘uns, that can be hard. I pick-one up and it generally acts as tho it is content in my arms.

757 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 3, 2014 11:26:36am

re: #735 Dr. Matt

Technically, they were listed as POWs and were not facing any criminal charges in military or civilian courts.

Definitions other than a strict legal one based on specific, formal charges are equally valid in this context. They had aided and abetted Al Qaeda by their own admission and they have been freed through the efforts of a designated terrorist organization, the Haqqani network.

For contrast and perspective, Bush and Cheney have not been charged with war crimes, let alone convicted, but I would not claim that this absence of formal charges, by itself, refutes those who assert their guilt.

758 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 11:27:25am

re: #756 FemNaziBitch

Well, with young ‘uns, that can be hard. I pick-one up and it generally acts as tho it is content in my arms.

With the young’uns, I tend to like the sad little guy, off by him/herself.

759 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 11:28:59am

Oh, let’s not forget Herman Cain (2011):
Herman Cain says he ‘misspoke’ on considering prisoner transfer

It was a rough night at the GOP debate in Las Vegas for Herman Cain — and after the debate it got rougher still.
Cain was asked about remarks he made earlier in the day during a CNN interview about whether he would consider a prisoner exchange involving suspected terrorists jailed at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and an American soldier, similar to the deal that freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit along with more than 1,000 Palestinians.
It has been a longstanding policy of the United States not to negotiate with terrorist groups, but Cain didn’t say that.
“I could see myself authorizing that kind of transfer but what I would do is I would make sure that I got all of the information,” Cain told CNN before the debate. “I got all of the input, considered all of the options. And then, the president has to be the president and make a judgment call. I can make that call if I had to.”

760 Dr. Matt  Jun 3, 2014 11:30:28am

re: #757 Shiplord Kirel

Definitions other than a strict legal one based on specific, formal charges are equally valid in this context. They had aided and abetted Al Qaeda by their own admission and they have been freed through the efforts of a designated terrorist organization, the Haqqani network.
.

Yet, they were listed as POWs and were not facing any terrorist criminal or any other criminal charges in civilian or military courts. Facts are facts.

761 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:30:41am

for real?

762 Lidane  Jun 3, 2014 11:30:43am
763 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 11:31:01am

re: #747 Dr. Matt

Rawstory picked up this piece.

Conservative bloggers were for Bergdahl release until Obama did it

Great.

Hey Gus, what do you think Ms. Bridget Johnson is thinking right now about you tweeting this all to her last night?

764 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 11:31:23am

uh oh:
Gas main explodes in Richmond; At least 2 injured

Read more: myfoxdetroit.com

765 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:31:27am

re: #761 FemNaziBitch

for real?

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How does this woman remember to breath?

766 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:31:29am

re: #754 Gus

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And If I had a father like Todd, I’d have an estranged one.

767 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 11:32:04am

Heritage’s new agitprop outlet has its first “journalist” and it’s none other than Sharyl Attkisson, whose first “scoop” is to cast aspersions/blame on President Obama for a NIH study involving oxygen treatments for preemies that operated for all but two months under President Bush (and I’m being charitable by saying two months, when President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009).

gawker.com

This is the kind of story that Attkisson couldn’t get run by CBS? Oh wait. The families could only figure out what happened within the past couple of months (after Attkisson had already separated from CBS by the look of it).

768 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:32:18am

re: #761 FemNaziBitch

for real?

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I can believe it.

769 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:32:40am

re: #762 Lidane

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I really do wonder if the GOP wants to have hearings into this exchange. Because I’m pretty sure that, between now and when the gavel drops, there’s not going to be a major Republican who can say he was against doing “whatever necessary” to ensure Bergdahl’s release.

770 Shiplord Kirel  Jun 3, 2014 11:32:53am

If Obama had called up the GOP leaders and said, “I propose to trade 5 Gitmo detainees AND withdraw my increased minimum wage proposal in return for Bergdahl’s freedom,” the bastards would now be praising him to the rafters.

We’re on to your scam, GOPers.

771 Backwoods_Sleuth  Jun 3, 2014 11:33:02am

re: #762 Lidane

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I need mohr updinger buttons!

772 Lidane  Jun 3, 2014 11:33:23am

Remember, kids: growing a beard makes you a Muslim.

773 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:34:15am

re: #772 Lidane

Remember, kids: growing a beard makes you a Muslim.

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Hey Bill, go to Amish country and tell the locals that a man with a beard “looks like a Muslim.”

774 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 11:34:38am

re: #771 Backwoods_Sleuth

I need mohr updinger buttons!

On that note, what if we had upding credits? You know like every one of us got up to 1000 upding credits daily to use how we please. If we want to upding something twenty times, so be it.

775 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 11:34:44am

2013 Boston Red Sox, all MUSLIMS!!1!1

//

776 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 11:35:04am

re: #767 lawhawk

Heritage’s new agitprop outlet has its first “journalist” and it’s none other than Sharyl Attkisson, whose first “scoop” is to cast aspersions/blame on President Obama for a NIH study involving oxygen treatments for preemies that operated for all but two months under President Bush (and I’m being charitable by saying two months, when President Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009).

gawker.com

This is the kind of story that Attkisson couldn’t get run by CBS? Oh wait. The families could only figure out what happened within the past couple of months (after Attkisson had already separated from CBS by the look of it).

She’s also Queen of Fast and Furious, and had her computer mysteriously hacked, no doubt by Obama himself in his spare time. And she’s an antivaxxer, speaking of responsibility for dead babies.

777 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:35:35am

Prisoner swaps like Sgt. Bergdahl’s are nothing new

For some, the fight over Guantanamo seems to have unmasked opposing views of executive power - Obama’s exercise of it and Congress’s attempt to restrain it. But the true motivation behind the Guantanamo dispute is mostly about an attempt by Republicans to shield the Bush presidency and legacy from being held accountable for the torture and inhumane acts it perpetrated in the name of security. That is why trials for detainees in federal courts have been blocked and why transfers out of Guantanamo have been all but shut down.

With little to show for their partisan attacks on everything from health insurance to the deaths of four Americans in Libya, Republicans now hope to tar the freedom of a single American by suggesting it may have endangered the rest of the country. Such a claim doesn’t withstand scrutiny when it comes to the practices of allies, and doesn’t erase the practices of a Republican president who released hundreds of detainees - including some who actually returned to fight U.S. troops. It does, however, draw renewed attention to a detention facility that Obama himself described as a strain on America that needs to be washed away.

778 blueraven  Jun 3, 2014 11:35:46am

re: #695 Killgore Trout

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission

He didn’t need their permission.

779 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 3, 2014 11:35:51am

re: #775 b.d.

2013 Boston Red Sox, all MUSLIMS!!1!1

//

And most NHL playoff teams.

780 jaunte  Jun 3, 2014 11:36:05am
781 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 11:36:07am

SANTA CLAUS IS A MUSLIM!!!!!!!11!

782 blueraven  Jun 3, 2014 11:36:59am
783 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 11:37:28am

re: #738 FemNaziBitch

I slept way long this morning. The dogs couldn’t even wake me up. I haven’t read the allergy report yet, but I suspect nature is the culprit. I feel like I have a sleep hangover.

you?

Grass pollen is starting to be a big factor with the allergies. I find myself being tired all the time. Can’t have anything to do with the jackhammering in the street between 7pm and midnight —- every damn night for the past week.

784 Dr Lizardo  Jun 3, 2014 11:37:43am

re: #773 Targetpractice

Hey Bill, go to Amish country and tell the locals that a man with a beard “looks like a Muslim.”

Or perhaps he can tell that to the Duck Dynasty boyos.

785 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 11:38:03am

re: #772 Lidane

Remember, kids: growing a beard makes you a Muslim.

O’Reilly bashes Bergdahl’s dad: He “looks like a Muslim” (VIDEO) bit.ly

That’s some statement from a guy that not only looks like an asshole, but plays one on TV for money and is one in real life.

786 FemNaziBitch  Jun 3, 2014 11:38:08am

787 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 11:38:52am
788 lawhawk  Jun 3, 2014 11:38:57am
789 Targetpractice  Jun 3, 2014 11:39:49am

re: #784 Dr Lizardo

Or perhaps he can tell that to the Duck Dynasty boyos.

I’m pretty sure I don’t remember Bill giving them any guff over the beards, but it was heard to tell with the way he was fellating them almost nightly during the “controversy.”

790 Lidane  Jun 3, 2014 11:39:52am
791 wrenchwench  Jun 3, 2014 11:40:24am

FTFHim.

792 ObserverArt  Jun 3, 2014 11:41:46am

Looking like Gus helped Little Green Footballs knock one out of the park.

793 b.d.  Jun 3, 2014 11:41:53am

re: #790 Lidane

LOL, Markos talking good about LGF? That’ll make some lefter than thou heads assplode.

794 Gus  Jun 3, 2014 11:43:12am

re: #792 ObserverArt

Looking like Gus helped Little Green Footballs knock one out of the park.

Where’s my free pizza!? //

795 HappyWarrior  Jun 3, 2014 11:44:46am

re: #780 jaunte

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Just what Rupert and Roger want.

796 iossarian  Jun 3, 2014 11:50:42am

re: #775 b.d.

2013 Boston Red Sox, all MUSLIMS!!1!1

//

Stanley Cup Finals In Hotbed Of Sharia Scandal

797 William Barnett-Lewis  Jun 3, 2014 11:51:21am

re: #793 b.d.

LOL, Markos talking good about LGF? That’ll make some lefter than thou heads assplode.

Probably annoy KT too ;)

798 Decatur Deb  Jun 3, 2014 11:51:44am

re: #794 Gus

Where’s my free pizza!? //

FAA grounded it. Rules is rules.

799 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 11:57:52am

re: #779 Eclectic Cyborg

And most NHL playoff teams.

Converting for sake of The Cup.
/

800 Feline Fearless Leader  Jun 3, 2014 11:59:22am

re: #792 ObserverArt

Looking like Gus helped Little Green Footballs knock one out of the park.

Ah, so the invasion stripes were for Gus entering the mainstream!
;)

801 CuriousLurker  Jun 3, 2014 12:11:17pm

re: #521 Fairly Sure I’m Still Obdicut

But don’t actually, y’know, learn shit about Muslims. Obsess about them and still get confused about what exactly these here “Sufi” fellahs are.

You know who learns about Islam and Muslims? Muslims!

THIS. I’ve posted numerous Pages & links about Islam, Muslims, extremism, terrorism resources, etc. but most of them generate little interest. People claim they’re “concerned”, but really all most of them do is make inflammatory (and often ill-informed) comments and post link after link to stories involving horrible things Muslims have done—even when the acts have nothing to do with Islam (i.e. it’s some cultural or criminal shit, but the guy is named Abdul so…)

It’s annoying and makes people look like shallow idiots.

802 Ding-an-sich Wannabe  Jun 3, 2014 12:31:08pm

re: #684 Killgore Trout

I’ve got the beard but not the endowment.

It’s likely exaggerated anyway.

803 Ding-an-sich Wannabe  Jun 3, 2014 12:33:22pm

re: #797 William Barnett-Lewis

Probably annoy KT too ;)

Most DKos frontpagers are OK. It’s many of the users that are problematic.


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