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Steve Leser discusses Boehner Lawsuit and more on Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro

Steve Leser makes a return trip to the Fox News show Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro guest hosted by Kimberly Guilfoyle to take on Republican strategist Ryan Girdusky on the Boehner lawsuit against Obama for supposed executive overreach. The trio also discuss the IRS "Scandal"

Peggy "Nooney Tunes" Noonan was on the Sunday morning talk shows 2day criticizing Obama & Hillary

Whenever I see her criticizing a Democrat, I remember this analysis Daily Show's Jon Stewart did of her...


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There should be an annual DU convention.

I was checking this thread out http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025163044

and thought how nice it would be. We could alternate areas of the country, always having it someplace that is not too expensive.

I think someplace warm during the winter for the first one...

SOP of groups particularly safe havens should as specific as possible as to what is OK/Not OK

Please see



I think the power to block people and effectively silence them from being able to post in a group is a really negative one around which should be built as many measures to prevent it from coming to that as possible. Obviously some folks will refuse to respect an SOP and they will need to be blocked, I've blocked people myself, but it was clear that they were posting in a way that was against the SOP of the group and refused to stop.

One of the things I think that is essential is that the SOP of groups, particularly safe havens should be as specific as possible as to what behavior is OK and not OK. I know that you can't always anticipate every kind of behavior, but in general I think this is possible. In one of the linked posts, I noted:

I think the LGBT group and BOG group do a very good job of this.

BOG SOP is "A safe haven for members of Democratic Underground who support the president and his policies."

LGBT is "A group for LGBT DUers and allies. All topics of interest to the LGBT community are welcome."

In both cases, if you are intending to post something critical of President Obama or critical of LGBT rights, you know that this is against the SOP and you run the risk of getting blocked. That is very straightforward.

If hosts of a group are not doing a good job of this and are blocking people anyway, I think that is both very unfair and a strongly negative energy that these hosts are creating that really fly in the face of the environment that admins have otherwise created at DU that defaults to letting discussions continue wherever possible.

On the other side of that, I think each block should be reviewed by admins (yes, even the ones I have done) for fairness on both sides. If someone can't seem to stop, for instance, posting in violation of the SOP's of groups, admins might need to deal with that person. On the other side of that, if some group hosts are unfairly blocking people, or the person being blocked didnt have guidance from the SOP that what they were doing was wrong, admins might need to step in there too.

Steve Leser vs Eric Bolling re: IRS "Scandal" on Fox News The O'Reilly Factor

UN Weapons inspectors visited al-Muthanna Dec 4, 2002 - Feb 19, 2003

***NOTE: Be sure to read responses to this OP by me as it includes additional important info***


Dec. 4, 2002

ē U.N. inspectors entered the al-Muthanna State Establishment, which once produced chemical and biological agents, and a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which conducts the U.N.'s nuclear inspections, went to the al-Tuwaitha nuclear complex, famous for once being attacked by Israeli warplanes. The reportedly found found shells and mustard gas.


Feb. 14, 2003:

ē On the day chief weapons inspectors were to report to the U.N. Security Council on whether Saddam Hussein is disarming, inspection teams returned to Iraq's al-Muthanna chemical weapons installation, where they have been destroying artillery shells and neutralizing four plastic containers filled with mustard gas. They also visited a mineral water plant.

Feb. 19, 2003:

ē UNMOVIC inspectors visited at least 10 sites, including an Al Samoud missile site at Abu Ghraib, northwest of Baghdad. Inspectors have tagged several Al Samoud missiles. They stopped at al-Ma'moun, Ibn al-Haithem and al-Fidaa military compounds around Baghdad. A chemical team went to al-Muthanna site near the city while another team checked a Baghdad vegetable oil factory. Nuclear inspectors searched military compounds at al-Nidaa and al-Zawra. Another team conducted a nuclear survey at Nahrawan, south of the capital.

Indian state minister on rape: Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong


A lawmaker from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiís ruling party has described rape as a social crime, saying ďsometimes itís right, sometimes itís wrong,Ē in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape.

The political leaders of Uttar Pradesh, the state where two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged last week, have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story.

A regional politician from Mr. Modiís own party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Thursday that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police.

ďThis is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes itís right, sometimes itís wrong,Ē said Babulal Gaur, the home minister responsible for law and order in the BJP-run central state of Madhya Pradesh.
(More at link)
where to even begin

With Bergdahl, Republicans again manipulate their base against the President.

This says it all regarding Republicans manipulating their base over Sergeant Bergdahl

For more info see:



Putin Goes On Sexist Rant About Hillary Clinton


Russian President Vladimir Putin had some choice words for Hillary Clinton during an interview this week, calling the former Secretary of State a "weak" person who's "never been too graceful in her statements."

Putin's comments Tuesday came in response to questions posed by French journalists regarding remarks Clinton reportedly made earlier this year in which she compared the Russian leader's aggression in Ukraine to Adolf Hitlerís tactics in the 1930s.

"Itís better not to argue with women," Putin said, per a transcript of the interview posted online by the Kremlin. "But Ms. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. Still, we always met afterwards and had cordial conversations at various international events. I think even in this case we could reach an agreement. When people push boundaries too far, itís not because they are strong but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman."
As is often said around these here parts, sexism and homophobia often go hand in hand.

Putin is a piece of garbage.
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