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Political Quotes — June 18th

by Jane Wangersky June 18th, 2014 Poli Talk

  • A substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.
    -- Jen Psaki, U.S. State Dept.

  • The climate change deniers suggest there's still a debate over the science. There is not.
    -- Pres. Obama

  • [W]hen you change the definition of marriage to be inclusive of same-sex couples, you have automatically said they don't need either a father or a mother. And I would ask, which one don't they need?
    -- Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action

  • What you have is conservatives at the grassroots level
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The ISIS Initiative

by Eric M. Blake June 16th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
file5921342693296I’ve often wondered what the Left would honestly think would happen, were we to do what they wanted, basically just yank the troops out of Iraq — or else, pull out with a blatant, spelled-out timetable. Did they think the Iraqi government would somehow work out all its issues and sufficiently defend the country from insurgents "cold turkey"? Or did they just not really care about the plight of all the Iraqi civilians who'd cheered in gratitude at the toppling of Saddam Hussein — many of whom, of course, were women who had suffered under the boot heels of a real "oppressive patriarchy".

Whatever
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President Obama Circumventing Congress

by T Akery June 10th, 2014 Republican Reflections
obama n staff whWell, there is one Presidential promise fulfilled and clearly the only one he has actually kept during his entire term in the Presidency. He promised to go around Congress if they didn't do anything and Congress hasn't really done anything. At least, not anything that would likely fix things. But one can hardly blame Congress for all the distractions the President has been giving them lately.

After all, there's Benghazi, the IRS, the CIA, Snowden, the missing drone plane, the VA, the current scandal involving Bergdahl, and numerous other things that have led to endless Congressional inquires and demands about
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Another Week, Another Crisis

by T Akery May 27th, 2014 Republican Reflections
waiting-room-277314_640It seems the Obama administration can't stay out of the crisis mode. This time, the news is about the abysmal care and wait times at the VA clinics across the country. This crisis follows the ones in the Middle East along with the IRS scandals, the NSA and too many others. Yet, the accountability and the handling of these crises is still being fumbled. You would think that they would have had enough practice by now to at least give a semblance of competency about handling these crises. Instead, it is more speeches than anyone cares to listen to
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The Stupidity of Being Human

by Jason Lightner May 9th, 2014 Independent Ideas
foreign-trade-62743_640Why is it so difficult to understand that the world's climate is changing? Are we this deluded? Are we really this skeptical? Or are we simply this stupid?

Year after year, month after month, week after week, and day after day, we are provided with new reports — verifiable, peer-reviewed reports — which indicate that something is terribly wrong with the global climate. And what do we do about it?

We bury our heads in the sand.

We say the problem is overblown.

We say there isn't really a problem.

We say it's natural variations in temperature.

We claim that mankind can't possibly have an
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Dear Republicans, It Is Time to Get Over Benghazi

by Jessica B. May 6th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
benghazi 2 pdAfter stamping their feet and shouting very loudly about the non-controversy that was Benghazi for most of 2013, the right wing is at it again, because well, Benghazi. And those of us on the left are still shrugging our shoulders saying "Huh? Why are you all worked up about this?”

So what exactly happened? There is still a lot of confusion about actual events due to changing and heavily politicized reports, but mostly the crux of the matter is the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador and three embassy employees in an attack against the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Initially,
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The Dirty Lowdown, At Last

by Eric M. Blake May 5th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
benghazi pdWhen I heard the breaking news this week, my mood could best be described like so: my slumping back in my seat, looking upward and howling out, "FINALLY!!!"

By that, I mean that at last — after all the delays, all the stonewalling via redaction after redaction … a smoking gun has been found.  And this time, the serial number has not been blacked out by constant double-talk and evasion — and said number leads where we all knew it led: to the Obama Administration.

I’m referring to the e-mails wrung out by watchdog group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of
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The Problem With “A Strong Leader”

by Jessica B. April 22nd, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
putin obama wh2While the right wing claims to fear socialism and fascism most of all, they seem to have a bizarre fetish with the "strong" leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Maybe they are too distracted by his muscular physique, but over the last month right wing pundits have called Putin "a strong and gifted leader", with Sarah Palin saying Putin is “a dynamic and powerful leader with a clear vision."

But what is it exactly is it that the right wing is applauding? When Obama pushed the Affordable Care Act through congress by using democratic methods to win votes for his
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The Times They Are A’Changin’

by Ronald A. Rowe April 10th, 2014 Winners & Losers
irs protest pdThe United States of America -- Winner -- USA! USA! Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit the silver screen this weekend and it delivered. Not only was it one of the best action / adventure movies to come down the pike in a long time, but the living embodiment of the American spirit was able to shine as the beacon of hope he was meant to be. Not to spoil it for you or anything, but Captain America overcomes incredible odds to save the world from the insidious villains who seek to take away our most basic and cherished
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President Obama Goes After For-Profit Colleges

by T Akery March 18th, 2014 Republican Reflections
student parkingPresident Obama has now decided that for-profit colleges are the new enemy. Whether this is an attempt at a distraction from the low enrollment in Obamacare or an attempt to refocus the conversation off a poor economy, it doesn't matter. Both conversations are more important than this one. But then again, this is one of his strategies. Pick out a target and use that to distract the country from the real problems.

For-profit colleges do deserve a lot of criticism. Many are just in the business of getting in as many students as possible and then graduating them as fast
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Those Who Cannot Remember History

by Ronald A. Rowe March 13th, 2014 Winners & Losers
sevastopol monument pdAh, the world of politics. It can always be counted upon to provide us a weekly treasure trove of winners and losers. This week we had a good sampling of both, from both sides of the aisle and beyond into the international.

President Obama/Ukraine – Losers, Vladimir Putin/Russia -- Winners – I don’t care how partisan you are, it’s tough to come up with a reasonable defense for the Obama Administration’s foreign policy weakness in light of Russia’s offensive into the Ukraine In the words of George Santayana, “those who cannot
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Winner Winner Turkey Dinner

by Ronald A. Rowe March 6th, 2014 Winners & Losers
victoryOK, maybe I’ve been a little grumpy lately. It was brought to my attention this week that I’ve been selecting far more losers than winners of late. In my defense I would argue that the American political system creates far more losers than winners on an ongoing basis. But in a spirit of joy and brotherhood* I have caved in and hereby present Just Winners this week. As my grandfather used to say: “Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!”**

Winners:

Rush Limbaugh -- The Right Wing’s loudest mouthpiece was vindicated this week when his words from a quarter of a century ago
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