In an interview with Politico, the Minority Leader pledged that if Republicans took control of the Senate after the 2014 election, he would attach policy riders to spending bills that would either encumber or fully restrict the president’s bureaucratic leeway. These riders could come in different forms and scopes, from abortion policy to the implementation of health care reform. So it’s impossible to know just how confrontational McConnell wants to be. But Politico’s report suggests he would be willing to see the standoff all the way to a shutdown.
But asked about the potential that his approach could spark another shutdown, McConnell said it would be up to the president to decide whether to veto spending bills that would keep the government open.
Obama “needs to be challenged, and the best way to do that is through the funding process,” McConnell said. “He would have to make a decision on a given bill, whether there’s more in it that he likes than dislikes.”
In May of 1919, W. E. B. Du Bois published an essay called, “Returning Soldiers.”
We return from the slavery of uniform which the world’s madness demanded us to don to the freedom of civil garb. We stand again to look America squarely in the face and call a spade a spade. We sing: This country of ours, despite all its better souls have done and dreamed, is yet a shameful land….
We return from fighting.
We return fighting.
He wrote it because of the racially motivated riots that swept the country in the summer of 1919, which became known as The Red Summer.
This is an important thing to remember - There is no new thing under the sun and we’ve had these kinds of riots, blamed on the victims rather than the perpetrators, before.
In America the fight for freedom has always been two steps forward and 1 and 3/5ths steps backward. The post I’ve linked to gives us reminders of why, despite the Chief Justice’s fantasy life, the fight is not now and never will be over. It is something all people of good will must unite so that all of us can make Progress.
In the real war in eastern Ukraine, it is an inauspicious time to hold a high command in the separatist forces. Under relentless pounding by the Ukrainian military, their rebellion is crumbling. Government troops have advanced to the outskirts of Donetsk, and over the weekend broke into the rebels’ other remaining stronghold, Luhansk.
In the wake of these and other setbacks, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia appears to be maneuvering for a face-saving settlement, analysts say, a way to escape a losing situation without puncturing his strongman image or antagonizing the ultranationalists at home who were expecting him to follow up his annexation of Crimea with an invasion of Ukraine.
Step 1 has been a change in leadership. In recent weeks, in what separatist officials hopefully call the “Ukrainianization” of the leadership, almost all the original Russian leaders of the rebellion have resigned and gone home, replaced by Ukrainians of dubious qualifications.
The two bodies lay festering in the midday sun on Tuesday, some of the only remnants of the Sunni militant force that until Monday night controlled the strategically important Mosul Dam.
Around them was the evidence of not just a fierce battle but also a different sort of fight: buildings reduced to rubble; cars churned into twisted metal; mammoth craters gouged from the road.
All bore testament to the deadly effect US airstrikes were having on the militants of the Islamic State, who until this month were marauding over northern Iraq with little resistance and who two weeks ago seized control of the dam.
But as the rally was winding down and most of the protesters were leaving the area, someone among the dozens still in the streets hurled a plastic water bottle at police.
Helmeted officers, some with heavy weapons and dogs, suddenly emerged in force. They ordered the remaining protesters to leave and chased down those who resisted as more bottles were thrown. Police later said they arrested 47 people and seized several loaded firearms, but no gunshots were fired.
The confrontation capped an otherwise mostly peaceful night of demonstrations, the most tranquil in Ferguson since last Thursday, when state Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson was placed temporarily in command of a local police force widely criticized for heavy-handed tactics.
Sarah can’t even get people elected in her home state, which shows how much her political profile has eroded. That erosion is inescapable as long as her mouth is open.
A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party’s candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and a huge cash advantage over his rivals.
On Tuesday night, Sullivan defeated tea party favorite Joe Miller, who made a late push reminiscent to his 2010 primary upset of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, meanwhile, was third. The race is important to Republicans nationally because Begich, a first-term incumbent Democrat, is seen as vulnerable and the GOP needs a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.
- Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife and infant son of Hamas’s military leader, Mohammed Deif, in what the group said on Wednesday was an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.
Accusing Israel of opening a “gateway to hell”, Hamas fired rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The attacks caused no casualties but demonstrated the Islamist movement could still bring the Gaza war to Israel’s heartland despite heavy Israeli bombardments in the five-week-old conflict.
Israel’s military said it had carried out 60 air strikes on the Gaza Strip since hostilities resumed on Tuesday, and that Palestinians launched more than 80 rocket salvoes, some intercepted by the Israeli anti-missile Iron Dome system.
In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley - and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.
The White House must now weigh the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American.
It will also confront the potentially necessary step of pursuing the Islamic State in Syria, where President Barack Obama has resisted launching airstrikes or deploying significant American firepower.
A long piece, but I urge you to read it.
Especially in light of this horrendous killing and blatant example of out of control “law-enforcement” in Missouri. Racism is just as prevalent today as it always has been. We’re just better at covering it up and allowing pundits to rationalize the beliefs and subsequent consequences these days. To be less kind and more savvy as to pop-cultural references; we “gloss” over it, and pretend it’s all okay … until the next incident … and, again try desperately to find a way to blame the victim. Especially when the victim is a minority.
‘Cause that’s the far easier path than actually thinking that institutionalized racism, even when it is so obviously the case, exists, and could possibly be a factor … Even with, and especially with, something so ridiculously hallowed as the law enforcement profession.
Give me a friggin’ break!
Just cause they’re cops doesn’t mean they’re actually qualified to do the job! They’re people, complete with all the flaws and inadequacies that come with that curse — and more and more, we’re seeing much evidence that the qualifications for being given a badge and a gun and all of the responsibility that comes with such should be held to a far, far higher standard than apparently what qualifies now.
Then again, most of us live our lives with preconceived notions as to how the world “is” and how we feel it needs to be so as to simply allow us to exist in that same state of denial that is our zone of comfort. Therefore, we seek out only the information and sources of such that reinforce that comfort zone — and we thereby willing allow ourselves to deny the way the world actually works.
Obviously, we’ve learned nothing and as a “society”, and grown even less. I’d go so far as to say we’ve actually regressed.
As to the linked essay (which shows how little we’ve evolved):
It should be noted, also, and importantly, that America’s “hero” of the first world war, General John Pershing, absolutely refused to command those “nigger animals” who served so very proudly in that meat-grinder of a conflict. Instead, black Americans found solace and acceptance — and My God, equality — with their relegated French compatriots.
On a positive note, it was to become the spark for the French obsession with Jazz — and primarily the reason why so many of the Jazz-era greats (and many black American authors, like James Baldwin) found their ultimate acceptance in the land of “libertie”.
I have been involved with youth soccer as a parent, coach and referee for over 15 years. I’ve played club soccer and have seen the good the bad the dead and the indifferent. Had travel teams and indoor teams. This coach sums up all the right things about the game, and it could be any game in any sport, as well as I’ve ever heard. This is true sportsmanship and coaching. That is how young men grow up to be great men. They have folks like this in their lives. Never said better. Thanks Dave. You just made my day.