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Looks like a military kind of week, what with the Preznit wasting everybody's time at Fort Bragg and John McBush (with help from Dick Burr) trying to scam veterans yet again.

Note to Burr: Stop your damn whining. When Republicans were in the majority, your abuse of the minority party's rights was legendary. Now you're all upset because no one wants to debate your plan? Tough tomatoes, Dick. You're up against Jim Webb and the topic is veteran's issues. You lose.


I can understand his point - BUT

I think the Republicans did abuse the minority rights when they held power in both houses of Congress. I think this is how the system works.

That said, I don't know the details of Burr's bill. But I want Webb's bill to pass.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Iran Nuclear Watch

A resource for following current actions regarding nuclear power.

For instance, check out the top article, "Iran's Offer".

On May 13, Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki delivered a letter and “Proposed Package for Constructive Negotiations” to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The letter and offer was delivered just before European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana is set to travel to Iran to deliver a “not-so-new package of incentives” from the so-called P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Germany, U.S. and Russia) meant to convince the country to abandon its nuclear enrichment activities.

NPR is reporting that Iran is "taking the high road" through their "Proposed Package for Constructive Negotiations".

For Linda:the Cascades

That's one of Mt. Baker's little brothers.

Can you believe that? :)

My sister's boyfriend said I was extremely lucky, as the water in that reflecting pond is seldom calm enough to get a shot like that.

It is gorgeous.

It must have been a beautiful day. I could look at that picture all day.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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It's mesmerizing.

I had it as my Desktop background for a while, but I kept getting mad at my icons and deleting them because they blocked the view. ;/


That is absolutely stunning.

absolutely beautiful

One could certainly get lost in something so beautiful. It's amazing how we rush around and miss the most beautiful things in life. I wonder would I have stopped to behold such beauty. It's time to stop and smell the roses.

Clinton: "Why Would I Drop Out Before Obama Is Assassinated?"

The following Quote, as well as my subject heading, borrowed from David Rees (author of the brilliant "Get Your War On" cartoons):

In an interview with the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader today, Hillary Clinton brought up Bobby Kennedy's June, 1968 assassination as an argument against her dropping out of the Democratic primary.

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing calls to drop out.

She has a point: June is a great month for political assassinations.

Why drop out of the race before all the assassins have had their say?

Hillary Clinton has ceased to exist for me. The West Virginia "hardworking white people" comment really got to me at the time, but I had come around to the point where-- AS RECENTLY AS THIS MORNING --I was thinking to myself: "you know, maybe she would be tolerable as Vice-President.

Then this monstrosity of a Freudian brain fart. My assumption has always been that she's waiting for "something" to happen. Scandal. Big Obama foul-up... or something unspeakably tragic.

This clinches it for me. The Clintons are now unredeemable in my book.

CIA JFK Hit team hired by Hillary?

Breaking News!

Today Presidental candiate Obama hire former Navy Seal and Governor Jesse Ventura as his personal bodyguard along with the 101 st Airboune division with a large unname milita group from South Africa. The units will be station outside a unknown Campaign bunker in Southern Mississippi with Governor Ventura as the Gatekeeper to Senator Obama.

As campaign spokenperson said that Senator Obama would campaign from the Bunker for the remainer of the race and would be attend the Democrat convention by video conference. A call to the Presidental Republican candiate John McCain HeadQuarters reveal that Senator McCain has assure Senator Obama that he would defend him for a hundred years or his shortest term if elected.

Hill: We Remember When RFK Was AssassinatedClinton cites the Bobby Kennedy assassination while defending her long-running campaign.
May 23, 2008 --

Hillary Clinton today brought up the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama.

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," she said, dismissing calls to drop out.

Obama's camp immediately fired back.

"Sen. Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign," Obama campaign spokesman said in a statement.

Clinton made her comments at a meeting with the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader's editorial board while campaigning in South Dakota, where she complained that, "People have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa."

Obama, the first African-American to advance so far in the race for the White House, has faced threats, sources have said.

Robert Kennedy, the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, was gunned down in 1968 after winning the California primary. He had been a hero on the left for his civil rights agenda and calls to end the war in Vietnam.

Barack Obama, who leads Clinton by nearly 200 delegates and has already secured a majority of pledged delegates, has been the subject of threats. Early in the campaign, the Secret Service gave him a security detail at the request of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois).

Clinton criticized an "urgency" to end the campaign prematurely, saying, "Historically, that makes no sense."

She later issued an apology for the remark.

"I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation and in particular the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever," the former first lady said.

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson defended the comments to The Post, "She was talking about the length of the race and using the '68 election as an example of how long the races in the past have gone -- she used her husband's race in the same vein."

how dare you?!

How dare you mention Get Your War On (or for that matter My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable) without including a link? While I suppose you just ASSUME that everyone has heard of this master of sarcasm, I assume that you are well aware of what happens when a person assumes something. Let just say it involves you and me, and also an ass.

To correct the grievous error I present BlueNC with proper linkage to Get Your War On:

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

Wrong comparison, Sen. Clinton.

"I am announcing today my candidacy for the presidency of the United States." After saying that he was running to "close the gaps that now exist between black and white, between rich and poor, between young and old," he concluded with a passage that made him sound like his brother, perhaps because it had been contributed in part by Ted Sorensen, who had been his brother's speechwriter: "I do not lightly dismiss the dangers and the difficulties of challenging an incumbent President. But these are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election. At stake is not simply the leadership of our party and even our country. It is our right to the moral leadership of this planet."

The words of great leaders truly transcend time. I've made note of my obsession with the Obama/RFK link on other posts, but this quote today is truly a shame. This is just yet another case of Sen. Clinton using the talking points and scare tactics of the right. Sure, she can apologize and explain how she "misspoke," or make it another case of sleep deprivation error, but this is blatently inexcusable. This is not the time for such words from ANYONE, be it Hannity, Huckabee, or Sen. Clinton.

In '68, my father was the same age I am now, and just as enthusiastic of a groundbreaking campaign from a Harvard Law graduate, in touch with civil rights, and passionate about the safe return of our troops. As we know, Robert didn't get the chance to fulfill or complete either his OR his brothers legacy. Luckily now, we have a strong candidate just as in touch with the harsh realities our nation is facing, and quite frankly I'm ready to fight for what's right.

Dad would be proud.

Hey MaxThe Dog...No need to be subtle..Say what you mean..

You seem to be implying that Hillery should pass the torch to Obama.

What surprizes me is that no matter hopw deep she digs the hole...people keep jumping in with her....

Maybe she knows something we don't?

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

I'm going to do the unheardof here

and stick up for Hillary.

First of all, she was just scanning her memory for all the instances where a late June candidate was apparent. Hell, she probably worked on most of those campaigns. It was a different filter in place than the one she should have been using.

She's beyond tired. Yes this is her own fault but who among us hasn't pushed ourselves beyond exhaustion when we should have had the sense to go take a nap.

Lastly, how ridiculously politically correct have we become? You can't even mistakenly say something tangential to what is on the minds of many voters already.

I had a conversation with a friend who is African American in which she said she and her son were worried about Obama's increased chances of being assassinated. I told her not to be scared; that's the most counterproductive thing right now. Besides, the Secret Service have really perfected their skills on protecting Bush. I think Obama will be fine.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

I'm glad you said this

and think you would appreciate the post on Democratic Underground by one of its founders and hosts, David Allen, who posts as "Skinner." If you go to the main page, his post on this point is in the upper right hand corner.

I don't disagree at all that this was exactly as you (and he) have characterized it. But by this time I don't think it matters anymore. This was not the kind of gaffe that I think she can come back from.

Maybe I'm over-reacting because of my age and recall of that episode and the feelings that it still evokes in people older than I, but given the difficult image she already has to wrestle with (and I completely agree with the concerns many have expressed about the misogynism that has tainted press coverage), this is the kind of mistake that will STICK.

I disagree that it is about our being too politically correct. This is not about political correctness so much as it is history and memory and national wounds.

I'm glad you pointed us to the DU post, Brunette.

It was there that I found this reference. Yesterday was not the first time Clinton has made this reference. In a March 6 interview with Time Magazine, she said:

I think people have short memories. Primary contests used to last a lot longer. We all remember the great tragedy of Bobby Kennedy being assassinated in June in L.A. My husband didn't wrap up the nomination in 1992 until June, also in California. Having a primary contest go through June is nothing particularly unusual. We will see how it unfolds as we go forward over the next three to four months.

This wasn't a mistake where she was stumbling around looking for examples. It was planned;this is a Clinton talking point. I don't like it, but I've never been a Clinton supporter.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Many of the comments in response to Skinner

have made that point.

Like so many others, I had a hard time deciding between Obama and Clinton in the primary, but my decision to go with Obama had mostly to do with the candidate and didn't rely so much on the questions or negative impressions I've developed about Hillary's strategies.

I wanted very much to be able to see this contest end without having to come to the darkest conclusions about the Clinton's campaign. It's increasingly difficult to do that. It hurts either way.

I truly hope I'm over-reacting, but I think this bloody, wretched primary is going to have lasting damage -- not that it means we'll lose to McCain, but that within the party itself, the divisions are deeper, darker and have negative implications.

Thanks Brunette

I did have a look at that post and I appreciate that we have some ability to discuss this in more depth.

Americans have got to come to terms with the national wounds we have suffered though. Because of our inability to wrestle publicly with these demons, much of our discourse has been politically corrected without even realizing to what extent.

At our District convention last weekend, Rep. Mel Watt spoke about our challenge in discussing race issues that will be hijacked by the Rovian spinners, marginalized and used as a weapon unless we can elevate the discussion to a productive level, a discussion that we may never get another chance like this to have.

I anticipate that this election will have more challenging moments. We as progressives could be the force that keeps the MSM (the only reason these mistakes can STICK)from taking the low road every time. I'm sure you agree; there is too much at stake this time.

Progressive Democrats of North Carolina

I appreciate what you're trying to say.

I know Hillary is beyond tired. Every other candidate has taken a day off. She's had years of political and public life experience. She should recognize that she needs to take a day off as well. I'm sure she feels like she can't afford to, but if she's making statements like this, she can't afford not to.

There were other ways of illustrating that 1968 went to June - indeed - went to the convention - without invoking the image of Bobby Kennedy's assassination.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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I'm so sick of this excuse.

She's beyond tired. Yes this is her own fault but who among us hasn't pushed ourselves beyond exhaustion when we should have had the sense to go take a nap.

Especially if Sen. Clinton is going to play the whole "ready on day one" card. If she can't handle an interview at 3pm, how is she gonna totally kick ass when the phone rings at 3am? I declare shenanigans, loftT.

I'l say it.

This leads me to wonder about her ability to lead, period. I've held off posting about this, because I want the Democratic Party to be able to stand together. But her campaign has been about mismanagement from the get go. She's been running a 1992 campaign in 2008 - she ignored small donors in favor of large fat cats, and wound up having to pour millions of her own money into her struggling campaign. She's had to let go of top campaign staff. She hasn't paid bills on time. Worst of all, to me, she's pandered to some of the worst instincts of people - racism and fear. Instead of rising above that, she's demonstrated a win at any cost attitude that disgusts me. I suppose that's why I wind up supporting a lot of losing candidates. I like people with principle.

But now we've got Barack Obama. I believe he has principles I admire. I have no illusions - he's a politician, not a messiah. But he's shown principles that I admire and he hasn't shown me any of the ugliness I see from Clinton.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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She's mentioned it 4-5 times on the campaign trail. Brunette is right in stating that this is a Clinton TALKING POINT. I stand by my claim that it's the EXACT same fear and whisper campaigns we see from the right, yet again coming from Sen. Clinton.

She's detached from the entire process.

Brunette disclaims

I think you're right that she's said it four or five too many times, but for the record, it was not I who said it was a "talking point."

I think Hillary has completely lost perspective.

I didn't want everybody to blow their holiday weekend

Catching up on SEVEN YEARS of "Get Your War On"! Cause, seriously: people will get on there and read the whole thing.

Just searching for this one and combing the archives made me realize what an incredible contemporary record GYWO was/is/will be.

This cartoon is from November of 2002 and features a civil war time warp riff. I don't know that it's my favorite, but "Congratulations, Death Toll" has definitely become part of my personal lexicon.

congratulations death toll

good point

That's probably a good point.

This one is my new favorite. You know, because I enjoy sobbing more than laughing:

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

And than the Liberatarian debate broke loose when Gravel zzzzzz

It was a refreshing, lively, interesting, fast-paced, in-your-face, spectacle. Just as you would expect from anyone who didn't have anything to lose.*loftT

Yes and than the Detriot Red Wings broke loose at the end clobber the Pittsburg Penguins 4 to zip.

Mike Gravel and Bob Barr right next to one another and Ron Paul's essence in the air.* loft T

As I said before! I know Ron Paul and Bob and Mike are no Ron Paul. One other note! Did you notice how close Bob and Mike sat next to each other while the other candiates sat 4 feet from each other. No doubt they were sending a message to the Gay community.

Yeah, I know.

When I think of how many children in this world are starving or reduced to abject slavery (or both), it breaks my heart. That our needs or behavior are often tied to this suffering makes me want to jerk a knot in somebody's ass.

Americans are quick to feel sympathy for the less-fortunate, but taking personal responsibility for things that happen thousands of miles away is an uncommon trait. That needs to change. A child is a child, no matter where they live.