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THE ONION: Obama Weighing His Syria Option

Obama Weighing His Syria Option
NEWS IN BRIEF • Politics • Politicians • Barack Obama • ISSUE 49•35 • Aug 27, 2013

WASHINGTON—Facing mounting domestic and international pressure to respond to the deployment of chemical weapons by the government of Bashar al-Assad, White House sources confirmed today that President Barack Obama is carefully weighing his option for dealing with the war-torn Middle Eastern nation. “The president has conferred with his top advisors and is currently considering everything from authorizing missile strikes against Syrian regime targets, to taking out Syrian regime targets with missile strikes—nothing is off the table at this point,” said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, noting that the president would “take all factors into consideration,” including the well-being of the Syrian people and the strategic interests of the United States, before settling on his only option. “The president recognizes that the situation in Syria is extremely delicate and that the U.S. faces complex consequences regardless of what he chooses; that’s why he’s giving the one option in front of him so much thought. He will not act until he’s confident in the inexorable decision he’s making.” At press time, Obama had reportedly narrowed his option down to missile strikes against Syrian regime targets, but stated that he would consider it for several more days before making a final decision.


Summers: "Inequality has gone up because people are being treated closer to way they’re supposed to"

Summers: "Inequality has gone up [because] people are being treated closer to the way they’re supposed to be treated"


As displayed on Rumsfeld's own site:

oh, please DO click

HERE: http://library.rumsfeld.com/doclib/sp/1686/2003-04-07%20to%20Doug%20Feith%20re%20Issues%20with%20Various%20Countries.pdf#search=%22Libya%22

Giffords' Heroic Intern Hit With Anti-Gay Smear Campaign

Daniel Hernandez Jr., the heroic former intern who was credited with helping save former Rep. Gabby Gifford's (D-AZ) life when she was shot in 2011 near Tucson, Ariz., is now facing an anti-gay smear campaign related to an effort to recall him from a local school board.

Hernandez was elected last year to the board of Tucson's Sunnyside Unified School District. Since then, supporters of the board's president have launched a recall campaign against him. Hernandez told the Huffington Post in a story published late Monday that parents have alerted him to flyers that attacked Hernandez for being gay and for supporting gun control.


Fox, keepin' it classy (no surprises)

Fox, keepin' it classy:

Before cutting to a commercial break, host Gretchen Carlson previewed a segment on Chelsea Manning. As Carlson spoke, the Aerosmith classic "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" could be heard playing as the camera panned on a screen with two photos of Manning.


"We make war in a place without going to war in a place, & nobody is fooled except ourselves"

The New York Times thinks making war in Syria will make the president a more believable president. And that, if the president decides to make war in Syria, the Iranians will wonder if they should still want a nuclear bomb.

This time the use of chemicals was more brazen and the casualties were much greater, suggesting that Mr. Assad did not take Mr. Obama seriously. Presidents should not make a habit of drawing red lines in public, but if they do, they had best follow through. Many countries (including Iran, which Mr. Obama has often said won't be permitted to have a nuclear weapon) will be watching.

The Times declines to tell us how many Syrians have to die to enhance the president's credibility with the Iranians. Because when you make war in a place, actual people die actual deaths. Fathers get killed.
Children get killed. School buildings and hospitals fall down all around the people inside them. The message you are sending with your missiles gets just a trifle muddled. Make no mistake. If we strike, we will be making actual war in Syria. Ordinary Syrians will not see our missiles as "bomb-o-grams," telling them with every deadly explosion that we're really on their side. We will be another belligerent making their daily lives brutal and deadly, and there will be enough of them to hate us for that to guarantee that we will have to make more war in that place, or in some other place, very soon. That is what we do now. We make war in a place without going to war in a place, and nobody is fooled except ourselves.

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And to make certain the government's ability to spy is enhanced, a new spy satellite is set for laun

And to make certain the government's ability to spy is enhanced, a new spy satellite is set for launch tomorrow morning from Vandenberg AFB:


Monster rocket to blast off from Pacific coast, rattle Southland

By W.J. Hennigan
August 27, 2013, 6:05 a.m.

The nation’s largest rocket is ready to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Santa Barbara, carrying a massive, top-secret spy satellite for the federal government.

As early as 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, the 235-foot Delta IV Heavy rocket will lift off from the base's Space Launch Complex 6, leaving a thick white plume over the Pacific.

The rocket, the tallest ever to be launched from the base, is set to place a classified spacecraft into polar orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office, the covert umbrella agency that operates spy satellites.


Fired Fox News Executive Attorney: Roger Ailes Should Fear My Client Telling The Truth About Them

Brian Lewis Speaks Out: Roger Ailes and Fox News Should Fear Him

Brian Lewis’s attorney Judd Burstein just provided this statement to Gawker:

I have just been retained and am still plotting our course of action. But two things are very clear to me. First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date. Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.

Judd Burstein

Fox News President Roger Ailes fired Lewis in late July following accusations of “financial irregularities” and “multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract.”

21st Century Fox was not immediately available to comment.


Please, NO.



No Bombs.

No "Surgical Strikes"


peace, please, kp

Idiot Conservative admits the goal is punishing NC voters for voting early for President Obama

. . . Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly, a prominent leader of the religious right movement for decades, has a new defense. In a WorldNetDaily column, the right-wing activist offered an unexpected explanation of why some of North Carolina's new restrictions are worthwhile.

The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama's ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama's national field director admitted, shortly before last year's election, that "early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election."

The Obama technocrats have developed an efficient system of identifying prospective Obama voters and then nagging them (some might say harassing them) until they actually vote. It may take several days to accomplish this, so early voting is an essential component of the Democrats' get-out-the-vote campaign.


And then there's Phyllis Schlafly, writing a piece for publication effectively saying Democrats are entirely right -- North Carolina had to dramatically cut early voting because it's not good for Republicans.

Remember, Schlafly's piece wasn't intended as criticism; this is her defense of voter suppression in North Carolina. Proponents of voting rights are arguing, "This is a blatantly partisan scheme intended to rig elections," to which Schlafly is effectively responding, "I know, isn't it great?"

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